For the record, a chicken, Jokgu, is smarter than me. She learned how to play that song in two weeks. I'm getting close to three months, and have not yet mastered Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
- "A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
- "Oui, monsieur."
- "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.
- Bond laughed. "When I'm, er, concentrating," he explained, "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. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."
- —Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7
- This glass to the left is standard. As you seek to perfect Vesper keep in mind that Gordon's Gin was reformulated in 1992 and Kina Lillet had a formula change in 1986.
- You might now want to consider Cocchi Americano (think Italian Moscato di Asti with quinine), which imparts a more bitter finish. Grain vodka is preferred and the 94.6 proof Gordon's Gin has become the gin of choice. But this is hard to find, so the Tanqueray 94.6 proof (above right) is usually used.
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