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Vesper Martini 02:46

Jeff Leanheart

"A classic cocktail started by the name of James Bond's first love, Vesper."

Vesper Martini 02:46

Jeff Leanheart

"A classic cocktail started by the name of James Bond's first love, Vesper."

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The Steps

  1. 1. Fill a martini glass with ice to chill, set aside. To a separate tall mixing glass, add the gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet. 00:35

  2. 2. Add ice. Top with a metal shaker and lock onto the glass to form an airtight seal. Shake well and pour the cocktail back into the original glass. 01:21

  3. 3. Discard the ice from the martini glass. Place a strainer over the mixing glass and pour the liquid into the martini glass. Garnish with a freshly peeled strip of lemon zest, twisting to release the essential oils then placing it into the cocktail. 01:59

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Martini glass
- Tall mixing glass 
- Jigger
- Cocktail shaker
- Strainer
- Citrus peeler

Ingredients 

- Gin (1 1/2 ounces)
- Vodka (1/2 ounce)
- Kina Lillet (1/4 ounce)
- Lemon peel
- Ice

Chef Notes

For a Vesper Martini, it's very important to use a 3-to-1 ratio of gin to vodka.

Jeff prefers Barr Hill Gin which adds a bit of raw honey to the spirit just before bottling to add a floral note.

Kina Lillet is specific apéritif wine flavored with quinine and citrus liqueurs. It has been reformulated and is currently being sold under the name Lillet Blanc.

Shaking the ice bruises it a bit, creating a thin filament of ice within the glass. A stirred cocktail chills the glass and makes the liquid clear and uniformly cold.

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