Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini
The Vesper Martini is a strong cocktail combining 3 spirits; gin, vodka and Kina Lillet. However, as Kina Lillet is no longer produced it is replaced with Lillet Blanc. Lillet Blanc is a sweet white wine aperitif from Podensac, France.
The Vesper Martini was invented by a famous author Ian Fleming whose book infamous secret agent character James Bond named it after the double agent Vesper Lynd.
Since Bond's favourite drink was Vodka Martini the Vesper cocktail because known as a Vesper Martini or James Bond Martini. The Vesper Martini is the drink Bond refers to when he utters his infamous request "shaken, not stirred".
We also have recipes for similar Martini drinks like the classic Vodka MartiniDry MartiniPorn Star Martini, a Cherry Martini and the French Martini which you may enjoy.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Cocktail glass


  • 90 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml Lillet Blanc
  • lemon peel (to garnish)


  • Pour in all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with lemon peel.


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What is an aperitif?

The word Aperitif was originally used by the French to refer to an alcoholic drink to be consumed before dinner. Some popular examples of an aperitif are; the French Martini, Dubonnet, Negroni, Aperol Spritz or the Cardinale cocktail.

Lillet belongs to a broad family of aperitifs called aromatized wines that undergo additional and natural flavoring, such as herbs, spices, fruit and plant derivatives.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.