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I was asked earlier this week how to make Martini, given the three other Bond posts this week, it seemed like a good time to revisit the Vesper recipe.   Thanks to the movies James Bond is always associated with Vodka Martinis, in fact the Bond of Ian Fleming’s novels drank many different drinks.  In Casino Royale he did however drink a Vodka Martini that he eventually named “Vesper” after the character Vesper Lynd.

The Vesper recipe is:

  1. Three measures of Gordon’s Gin
  2. One of vodka
  3. Half a measure of Kina Lillet
  4. Shake over ice until it’s ice-cold and strain into a martini glass.
  5. Then add a large thin slice of lemon peel

Casino RoyaleAs described by Bond in the novel:    ‘A dry martini,’ he 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.

He goes on to say:  This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.’      



This is how it appears in the movie when Casino Royale was finally made into an official Bond film in 2006. 

A note on the ingredients:  

  • Although not bad Gordon’s is far from the best Gin I would recommend Bombay Sapphire.
  • Kina Lillet is not actually a vermouth (as pointed out by the barman on the plane in Quantum of Solace).  It is a wine based drink flavoured with quinine (also found in tonic water and a perfect accompaniment to vodka or gin).  It performs the same job in a martini as Vermouth (a fortified wine flavoured with herbs and spices).  Sadly it isn’t possible to make a genuine Vesper as Ian Fleming conceived it as the recipe for Kina Lillet was changed about twenty years ago making it less bitter.
  • Any good quality grain vodka will work.
  • Felix Leiter tells the barman to “keep the fruit” I would recommend replacing the lemon peel with a pimento stuffed green olive or three.
  • Finally, I have never tried it myself so don’t know if it is true but it has been suggested to me that to get the authentic taste as originally conceived Vesper add a dash of Angostura bitters to composite for the change in Kina Lillet formula.

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Up North

So I said I was reblogging two of pauls posts today. Make that three, Paul is posting them quicker than I can read them.


Another day of travel and battling with the French travel authorities beckoned and of course it did not go to plan. We leave Dijon today and head up north close to where England play their next game in Lens. This in itself is only a short distance away from the host city of Lilles. Lens is not supposed to have much in the way of tourism, accommodation or bars. Because of that most are staying in Lille. Wanting to be different I have chosen a town a few more train stops away called Tourcoing.

The train journey here of course went tits up because we are in France and it would appear to be someone’s mission to cancel every train that I have booked a reservation for. Still a very kind man in the ticket office has sorted us out for a train to Paris in a few hours and…

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I have been going to the cinema with Pau,l the author of this blog most weeks for the best part of 20 years. We hust have seen well over a thousand films together. Anyone who follows either of us on twitter will know that Paul learned this week that I have never seen Cyrano De Bergerac, a revelation surprised him. I guess thats one for for my blindspot list.


Another day of no football today and a full day left free to explore the city of Dijon. A lazy morning in the apartment before heading out into the town on foot. The number one thing to do is to apparently buy a guide from the tourist shop and follow the owl trail.

Dijon is a very compact city and all its main architectural sights can be visited on foot. To make this easier the city have created a trail covering all the main points of interest with markers on the pavement of owl arrows. The owl is a symbol of good luck here especially if you rub the stone owl carving with your left hand. You just follow the Owls around the city in a few hours and in all fairness that’s Dijon done. This of course wouldn’t be complete with out taking in the mustard shop.

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Bonjour Dijon

I have only just caught up with this post from a couple of days ago so am reblogging two post together. Enjoy.


When I sat at home, like many England fans I’m sure I sat there with a map of France in one hand and a map that included rail lines in the other. It’s a simple plan really. You look where England play their first three group games and plan your adventure around that. Following our stint in Marseille it was time for us along with the England team to move on. Our next game is 5 days from now after the Russia game. Plenty of time to plan the journey ahead. We had done this and looked at the distances.

The next game is to be played in Lens. The distance between Marseille and Lens is 978 KM. In order to break this up and with time on our side we have decided to stay for a few nights halfway. In Dijon. No reason other than its proximity between the…

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