To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini. Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called a Vesper after his Bond Girl du jour), this is an updated, dirty take on that signature tipple. And like any good spy, this drink has an alias – the Double O Dirty.
The Dirty Vesper (AKA The OODirty)
1.5 oz vodka (I like Blavod for an extra-dirty look, but any quality vodka will work)
1.5 oz London Dry gin
3/4 oz Noilly Prat dry vermouth
1/2 oz olive brine
1 large lemon peel
Stir vodka, gin, vermouth, and brine with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Twist one large swath of lemon peel over cocktail to release oil and drop into glass.