Vesper martini with lemon peel garnish
Here's Where The Vesper Martini Actually Originated
Some cocktails have rather unorthodox origin stories that don't even take place in a bar or restaurant, and the Vesper Martini is a drink with very unique roots.
The Vesper Martini is the invention of author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The drink was ordered by James Bond 1953's “Casino Royale,” the first Bond novel.
The drink is made of three parts dry gin, one part vodka, and a half part of Kina Lillet, a floral French aperitif wine. These are shaken over ice and garnished with a lemon peel.
The drink gets its name from Bond’s love interest in “Casino Royale,” Vesper Lynd. In real life, Fleming also served rum cocktails called “Vespers” at his Jamaican home.
Some speculate that the moniker “Vesper” comes from “Vésperale,” the codename of a British agent Fleming worked with during his time as an intelligence officer.