Bemelmans’ Vesper

Carlos Rivera, Bemelmans Bar | New York City

The spirit-forward, gin-and-vodka–drenched Vesper was first made famous by Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, but it is a drink worth of affection in its own right. At Bemelmans Bar in New York City, the classic sees equal parts vodka and gin—plus a splash of Lillet—shaken, not stirred.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces vodka, preferably Belvedere
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc

Garnish: lemon twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake.
  2. Pour into a Martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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