Contrary to popular belief, James Bond drank more than the infamous Vodka Martini "shaken, not stirred"; The Vesper was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.
- "A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
- "Oui, monsieur."
- "Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
- "Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
- "Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
- Bond laughed. "When I'm...er...concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."
- —Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, "Rouge et Noir'
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) Lillet Blanc aperitif wine
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) vodka
- 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) gin
- 1 cup ice
- 1 (3/4-inch-thick) strip lemon peel
In cocktail shaker, combine Lillet Blanc, vodka, and gin.