Vesper

Your chance to taste Vespers made with genuine Kina Lillet at Casino Royale screening

November 10th, 2016 by

Your chance to try Vespers made to the original recipe with genuine Kina Lillet before sitting down to a screening of Casino Royale. Ian Fleming specified Kina Lillet in his first James Bond novel for the drink, and the same recipe was specified by Bond in the 2006 film version. The problem is that Kina Lillet […]

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How to make James Bond’s martini (but limit yourself to one)

December 7th, 2014 by

A reminder of how to mix a Vesper, originally ordered by 007 in Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royale and later in the 2006 film and its 2008 follow up, Quantum of Solace. The article says that Bond’s vodka martini recipe is unknown, which isn’t true. Fleming gives in in Live And Let […]

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James Bond’s Food: dinner with Vesper

December 4th, 2013 by

Right from the start Ian Fleming often treated us to James Bond’s meals in elaborate descriptions that helped label Bond – and Fleming – as either a gourmet or gourmand. The first time we are privy one of 007’s meals is in Casino Royale, when he dines with Vesper Lynd prior to high stakes baccarat against […]

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Master of Malt Vesper

November 13th, 2012 by

Many years ago (even before Casino Royale was released in 2006), I was consulted on the possibility of making a pre-mixed Vesper. In the end, this came to nothing, so I was interested to see that Master of Malt’s Handmade Cocktail Company had released a bottled Vesper to coincide with the release of the latest […]

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Ian Fleming found the Vesper “unpalatable”

October 2nd, 2012 by

The Guardian published a Bond related piece yesterday linking to an article from its archives (when it was the Manchester Guardian), which criticised Ian Fleming’s writing; it also linked to Fleming’s response, which makes interesting reading, as he refers to what must be the Vesper, saying: I proceeded to invent a cocktail for Bond (which I sampled several months later and […]

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Drinks at the Hermitage Bar from Casino Royale

November 15th, 2011 by

Before the Vesper, there was the Americano; this is the first cocktail that James Bond ever orders. He does this at the bar of the Hermitage Hotel whilst he waits for Mathis and Vesper Lynd. When they arrive, Bond orders Mathis a Fine à l’eau and a Bacardi for Vesper.

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New book on James Bond’s drinks launches in time for Xmas

November 20th, 2010 by

A new book that takes a detailed look at the drinks of James Bond is being published just in time for Christmas 2010. The author, David Leigh, is a lifelong fan of James Bond and is responsible for this website. He became interested in James Bond after picking up his father’s copy of Casino Royale […]

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First look at the Algerian Love Knot from Julia’s Jewelz

May 19th, 2010 by

In the photo above, Vesper’s Algerian Love Knot has been placed on top of the nine of hearts – according to Ian Fleming, known in gipsy magic as “a whisper of love, a whisper of hate”. The Algerian Love Knot didn’t appear in the book, although James Bond’s drink certainly did; three measures of gin, […]

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Kina Lillet returns in Quantum of Solace

November 16th, 2008 by

Kina Lillet saw a surge in demand following its inclusion in Casino Royale. The same is set to happen once again, with its appearance in Quantum of Solace.

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Smirnoff Black recipes – The Vesper

October 21st, 2008 by

To celebrate the release of Quantum of Solace, Kenji Jesse, Global Ambassador for Smirnoff Black, has compiled a menu of 4 cocktails that will be used at the international premieres.

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