July 9, 2011

∴ Vesper Update

Two items worthy of note, re: this past week’s Vesper Bar experience. First, a Vesper does indeed taste better with two parts gin vs. three parts, as per Fleming’s recipe. The flavor imparted by the Lillet and a lemon slice is more pronounced, not having drowned in the gin.

Second, using a t-handle vegetable peeler, like this one, or this, neatly produces a long, thin and wide slice of lemon peel, perfect for this cocktail. Plenty of lemon oil from it dissolves into the drink. I recommend covering your hand with a kitchen towel before holding the lemon, or laying it on a flat surface and grasping it on either side, under the peeler, before pulling the peeler down the fruit. No need to draw blood for this cocktail.