"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.

James Bond, Casino Royal, 1953.

Tiki King's
Virtual Bartender
The Vesper

The Vesper was "invented" by James Bond
in the book "Casino Royal", So techtically
it was probably first made by Ian Fleming.
Here is his receipe.

3 oz Gin (preferably Gordons)
1 oz 100 proof Vodka
1/2 oz Kina Lillet (see below)
thin slice of lemon peel

In a shaker half filled with cracked ice,
Shake Gin, Vodka, and Kina Lillet
Very well, until shaker is frosting over.
strain into Cocktail glass
and serve with Lemon slice

Now here is the rub. Kina Lillet is no longer availble. it was reformulated and rebranded in the 1980's. The "new" formula is called lillet blanc. it has a less bitter flavor and contains less Quinine. So one simple remedy is to usethe lillet blanc,and add a heavy dash of agnostura bitters. Or better yet, a quinine forward bitters, which can be found online.

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