Green Vesper

Vesper Martini
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Ever since watching Casino Royale a few years ago, I’ve become a fan of the Vesper martini (and is the sole reason I own a bottle of Lillet blanc). And I had my first taste of absinthe at Bar 89 (yes, the one with the cool bathrooms) around the same time, just after it became legal again in the US. Thus, you can imagine my delight to read the Wikipedia article describing a “green vesper” variant of that cocktail.

I’ve strayed a bit from the original recipe, using what spirits I have one hand, so forgive me a bit for using Tanqueray and  Svedka in place of the originals, with a half-measure of Pacifique absinthe.

What a punch! The refreshing herbal gin followed by an almost biting sting of anise made for an exhilirating libation, one that I will surely return to on a regular basis (alternating with various single malts, of course!).