In the scene, Bond asks for a dry martini “in a deep champagne goblet”, containing gin, vodka, and Lillet, with a slice of lemon peel. The bartender is impressed, but Bond doesn’t name the drink until the next chapter. He meets Vesper Lynd, and proceeds to “borrow her name”. Thus, the Vesper cocktail is born.
In this rendition, House Spirits chose to return to the martini’s roots and give a nod to all things local with vermouth. Unlike the traditional spirit, however, Imbue’s Petal and Thorn is lush and floral, with aromas of orange-peel, pine, and cinnamon, layering over it’s Oregon Pinot Gris and brandy base. The color comes from local beets.
PORTLAND VESPER COCKTAIL
- 1 1/2 oz Volstead Vodka
- 1 oz Aviation Gin
- 1/2 oz Imbue Petal and Thorn Vermouth
- Lemon twist
In a pint glass, add spirits and mixers. Fill with ice and stir. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.