Introducing Cocktails in Literature, a new YouTube series hosted by longtime bartender, and former Rhoide Islander, Justin Razza. In each video, Razza explores the extraordinary cocktails described in some of the world's most celebrated novels, and replicates the drink while presenting the recipe for you to make for yourself.
This week, Razza takes on the Vesper, as invented by Ian Fleming in his 1953 novel, Casino Royale. Many of us are familiar with Fleming's work as adapted to the big screen, but initially, these were highly-popular books, 14 full novels with 9 short stories, all centered around the Secret Service agent, James Bond. The Vesper, as ordered by Bond, consists of:
"A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
Watch Razza reconstruct this classic cocktail in this week's Cocktails in Literature below
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