A favorite of Crafthouse Cocktails co-founder Charles Joly, the Vesper is a martini variation that first appeared in the James Bond novel Casino Royale. Although Bond famously orders the drink shaken, Joly prefers to stir his. (As a rule of thumb, you should stir a drink when it contains only spirits and no fruit juice.) “The result is lush, elegant and silky, and the delicate flavors are not washed out by overchilling or overdiluting,” says Joly, who also recommends making martinis in small portions, like this one, so they can be finished while still properly chilled.
- 1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) Tanqueray No. 10 gin
- 3/4 oz. (20 ml) Ketel One vodka
- 3/4 oz. (20 ml) Cocchi Americano, or 1/2 oz. (15 ml) Lillet Blanc
- Dash of orange bitters
- Lemon twist for garnish
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vodka, Cocchi Americano and bitters. Stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist the lemon twist over the cocktail and drop into the drink. Serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.
Recipe courtesy of Charles Joly of Crafthouse Cocktails