2 oz Gin <Citadelle>
3/4 oz Blanc Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
Express oils from lemon peel into a chilled coupe. Stir ingredients in chilled mixing glass and strain into a coupe. Garnish with lemon peel and olives on the side.
I had the traditional James Bond split-base cocktail the Vesper, a cousin of the Martini, a couple months ago out at a Happy Hour in NYC. After one of those potent drinks I was chatty, and after two, I was downright affable. When I set out to make it at home, I substituted Cocchi Americano for Lillet – which elevated this classic drink – giving it a bolder, zippier finish. Cocchi is most similar to Kina Lillet, which the Vesper originally called for.