My wife’s drink of choice has long been the Vesper martini — three measures of gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet liqueur (replacing the vermouth), shaken well until ice-cold, then served with a thin slice of lemon peel.
Me, I’m a simple scotch on the rocks guy, but Deb’s high-velocity beverage has always impressed me as very James Bond-like.
So last week, I was reading Ian Fleming’s very first 007 novel “Casino Royale” (1953) and came across this startling passage…
” ‘A dry martini,’ [Bond] said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
” ‘Oui, monsieur.’
” ‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?’
“ ‘Certainly, monsieur.’ The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
” ‘Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,’ said Leiter.
“Bond laughed. ‘When I’m…er…concentrating,’ he explained, ‘I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.’ “
Later in the novel, 007 names it the Vesper, after the first Bond girl, Vesper Lynd.
My wife’s favorite drink isn’t just Bond-like, it was invented by the great (fictional, I know) man himself!
I love making discoveries like that.
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