The actress who played Vesper Lynd in the wonderful James Bond movie Casino Royale, Eva Green, has a fraternal twin, younger by a few minutes. So I’m imagining that “Vesper Lynd" also has a twin sister, but one who is identical. And this fantasy was the inspiration for my take on the famous “Vesper Martini” (see Retro Cocktail for August, 2016: The Vesper Martini).
“The Vesper” is one of the most potent drinks in cocktail culture, with three parts Gin, one part Vodka, and three-fourths part Aperitivo Cocchi Americano. The only thing to get in the way of you and the alcohol is the diluted ice (from shaking not stirring) and a long lemon peel. Which is why it stretches credulity, even for James Bond, when it’s claimed that he’d consumed five in a row on the plane to South America in Quantum of Solace. Even for a lovelorn 007, that’s a lot, and he was barely showing any effects. (That must be some training they undergo at MI-6!)
So I wanted today's creation to pay homage to “The Vesper Martini”, to in fact, taste like a blood relation, but in a kinder and gentler way. Equal parts Vodka, Gin, and Chartreuse, with a touch of lemon juice and a sexy lemon twist. Still potent, still flavorful. Still beautiful, still Bond.
1 part Tito’s Vodka
1 part Gordon’s Gin
1 part Yellow Chartreuse
½ part fresh-squeezed Lemon juice
Shake everything over ice, then strain into a
chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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