MI6 looks back at the literary roots of James Bond's world famous drink 'The Vesper', better known as the vodka martini
If being the central character to the world's most famous and most successful film franchise is not enough, Ian Fleming's creation can lay claim to one other pop culture icon - the vodka martini. Now popular in bars throughout the Western world, and more so following the 2006 big screen adaptation of "Casino Royale" when 007 invents the drink, the vodka martini is as synonymous with 007 as the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin DB5 or the sight of a beautiful girl hanging off his gun arm.
James Bond first ordered his trademark drink when he met CIA agent Felix Leiter in an early chapter in Ian Fleming's debut novel "Casino Royale", first published in 1953:
Having invented his own signature drink for Bond, Fleming leaves the reader hanging for a name of this potent concoction. Enter femme-fatale Vesper Lynd to the story, whom Bond feels is ideal to name his preferred drink after:
|'Vesper,' she said. 'Vesper Lynd.'... She smiled. 'Some
people like it, others don't. I'm just used to it.'
'I think it's a fine name,' said Bond. An idea struck him. 'Can I borrow it?'
He explained about the special martini he had invented and his search for a name for it. 'The Vesper,' he said.
'It sounds perfect and it's very appropriate to the violet hour when my cocktail will now be drunk all over the world. Can I have it?'
'So long as I can try one first,' she promised. 'It sounds a drink to be proud of.'
Some would say the shaken martini has a "more rounded" taste.
Others, usually citing hard-to-track-down scientific studies,
say that shaking causes more of a certain class of molecules
(aldehydes) to bond with oxygen, resulting in a "sharper" taste.
Shaking also adds tiny air bubbles, which can lead to a
cloudy drink instead of clear.
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