THE VESPER MARTINI SHOW – with Cece Pleasants

AOD vesper text slug_smallVESPER MARTINI SHOW
with Cece Pleasants

Screw that fragile mama’s-boy Daniel Craig!*  The drunks get loaded the original James Bond martini — the Vesper — made up by novelist Ian Fleming himself, and promise not to make a single lame-ass “shaken” or “stirred” joke.  Then we talk with late-night comedy writer and comedienne Cece Pleasants about what it’s like to get cancelled, why some female comics turn gay, and the power of Arsenio’s finger.  (NSFW, as always.)

*Daniel Craig could easily kick our collective ass, and we have nothing but respect for him and his body of work.  He is also a great James Bond.

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The Vesper Martini

  • 3 measures of gin (Fleming specified Gordon’s)
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 measure Lillet
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Measure all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake.   Do not stir.  (Anyone who insists that the only way to properly make a martini is by stirring it is an asshole and should be ignored.)  Rinse a martini glass — or champagne goblet, as the novel specifies — with Lillet before pouring the drink and garnishing with lemon peel.  Then imbibe, shoot nefarious henchman, dispense obvious witticism, bed impossible female.

(from the novel Casino Royale)

“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.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

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, “Rouge et Noir’


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