Smirnoff Black recipes – The Vesper

VesperTo 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 used at the international premieres.

The James Bond Dossier will be bringing each of them to you over the next few days, starting today the Vesper, from Casino Royale.

Before Bond came along on the scene, Martinis were usually made with gin. In Casino Royale, the first book by Ian Fleming, we see 007 ask for his favourite Russian tipple, vodka, to be added into the drink along with Kina Lillet (now Lillet Blanc), naming it after his love interest Vesper Lynd.

Smirnoff Black vodka is perfect to use in this drink as it is made in a pot still, the traditional Russian method of Vodka production.

The Vesper
Ingredients 15ml Smirnoff Black Vodka
45ml Gordon’s Gin
7.5ml Lillet Blanc
Method Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled shaker. Shake well and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a large thin slice of lemon peel.
Ice None
Glass Frozen Cocktail (Martini)
Garnish Large thin slice of lemon peel


Notes The Ratio is 1part Vodka, 3 parts Gin 1/2 part Vermouth. So if you need a smaller drink use 10ml Smirnoff, 30ml Gordon’s, 5ml Lillet

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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