Vesper Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

If you are a James Bond fan, you probably already know this one. The Vesper cocktail is one of those cocktails you should know how to make.

Vesper cocktail in coupe glass with lemon peel garnish.

If you are a James Bond fan, you probably already know this one, it was invented in the movie Casino Royale and has since become an iconic cocktail. This is also one of the essential cocktails you should know how to make.

What is a Vesper?

The Vesper, sometimes known as the Vesper Martini, is a refreshing vodka and gin-based cocktail, made with gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc, and a lemon twist, and garnished with a lemon peel, twist, or coin.

Vesper cocktail in coupe glass with lemon peel garnish.
Vesper cocktail in coupe glass with lemon peel garnish.
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What glass is a Vesper served in?

The Vesper is typically served in a martini or coupe glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

Variations of the Vesper cocktail

Want to try some variations on this cocktail? Here are some common remixes on this classic. 

  • Orange Vesper 
  • Violette Vesper
  • Vesper Dry Martini

How to make a Vesper

Below are the ingredients and directions for a Vesper. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

Vesper Cocktail Recipe

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The Vesper is a refreshing vodka and gin-based cocktail you are sure to love.


  • 3 Ounces Gin

  • 1 Ounce Vodka

  • 1/2 Ounce Lillet blanc

  • Lemon twist for Garnish


  • Add gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc in a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  • Express the oils from a lemon twist over the drink, rub the twist along the rim of the glass and drop it into the cocktail.

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So what do you think of the Vesper cocktail? Will you be like bond and give the cocktail a whirl? Let us know in the comments below. 

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