• Yield: Makes 1 drink

  • Time: 5 minutes prep, 5 minutes total

This is the James Bond martini, named for Vesper Lynd, the doomed love interest in Casino Royale. "I never have more than one drink before dinner," said Bond. "But I do like that one to be very large and very strong and very cold and very well made."


  • 3 ounces gin

  • 1 ounce vodka

  • 1/2 ounce blond Lillet

  • Twist of lemon


1. Pour liquid ingredients into an ice-filled shaker.

2. Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

3. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Adapted from Straight Up Or On the Rocks by William Grimes (North Point Press, 2001). Copyright 2001 by William Grimes.