Vesper Martini UK, 1953
Then and there: The original recipe for the Vesper, or Vesper Martini, comes from Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale, when one James Bond instructs a bartender on how to make his self-concocted drink of choice: ‘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.’ Later in the series he breaks out the ‘shaken, not stirred’ tag.
Here and now: Candor’s modern rendition from bartender and consultant Aaron Feder, The Dirty Politician brings together Citadelle Gin, Polugar rye and wheat vodka, and an unbelievably awesome housemade dirty vermouth mix: the pour-off from a vat of cocktail onions and green olives soaked in Doling dry vermouth, pickle juice, olive brine, garlic and chilli. It’s a potent, briny crook of a drink that’s so much dirtier than your usual dirty martini.