Has anyone tried the "Vesper" (AKA the Casino Royale Martini)?

Anyone tried this? It looked too good in that movie.

I ordered one once at the Shady Oaks Bar & Grill.

They beat me up and threw me out on the street.

Kina Lillet isn’t available anymore, is it? There was another thread awhile ago about this drink, suggesting alternatives to Kina Lillet. But to answer the OP, no, never had it. Although I’d like to have her.

An update… "Kingsley Amis, in The Book of Bond, claimed that Fleming had made an error in his recipe because the quinine in Kina Lillet would make the drink too bitter and it should be made with “Lillet vermouth” instead.

Probably Amis was referring to Lillet Dry (see above), but what is certainly true is that Bond was a little out of touch - by the time Casino Royale was written the original drink was known simply as Lillet.

Unfortunately it is impossible to test Amis’ theory today; in 1986 the recipe was changed and the quinine content decreased to reduce bitterness. The result is a fruitier drink with a pronounced orange flavour."

You DO know your mixology, don’t you Sir? Very impressive. :cool:

Actually, Bond ordering an extremely bitter drink is perfectly in line with Fleming’s conception of him. The character smoked 70 cigarettes a day (and not mild cigs, at that) and lived for intense sensations in food, drink, sex and danger.

The refined gourmet palate of Bond is strictly a movie invention.

I use Lillit Blanc with a dash of Angostura bitters; of course, I also use Beefeater or Plymouth instead of Gordon’s, and Blue Ice Russett potato vodka (and generally I leave out the fruit). It’s really “not half bad” and good on a warm evening when a gin martini is a bit much.

Yeah, the literary Bond is really a pretty coarse individual. (In one scene set at M’s club, Blades, Bond shakes some pepper into his gin-based drink, explaining that this is done with Russian bathtub gin to pull the toxic byproducts out of solution. M admonishes him for his crassness, but presumably Bond continues to go around shaking pepper into his drinks.

What’s amusing in John le Carre’s books, and particualrly the Karla Trilogy, is how he makes special note of how bad the food often is (particularly in English establishments). le Carre’s more realistic spies of ‘The Circus’ apparently don’t enjoy the same standard of cuisine as Fleming’s ‘Secret Service’.