One of James Bond’s many ladies was famously immortalised with a drink during the course of Casino Royale, a drink which has lasted far longer than the poor, eponymous Vesper managed to.
Lillet has endeavoured to keep said cocktail as popular and relevant as ever: through its brilliant Twisted Vesper competition, the final of which took place in what was once Oscar Wilde’s favourite haunt, L’Hotel in Paris, late last year.
With an exceptionally high standard of performance on display and Bond-style double-entendres actively encouraged the stellar judging panel (comprised of of last year’s winner, The Langham’s Alex Kratena , Thierry Daniel from Liquid Liquid in Paris and the legendary Peter Dorelli) certainly had its work cut out.
In the end, it was Alex Proudfoot, from Raoul’s, Oxford, who took the title with his creation: An Englishman Never Shoots Blancs (recipe below), with the Kenilworth Hotel’s Rob Wood and du Grazie Paris’ Oscar Quagkiarinin taking second and third place, respectively. Proudfoot’s prize included a trip for two, to Bordeaux and the home of Lillet in Pondensac, a vintage metal placard from the Lillet museum and a magnum of Reserve de Jean Lillet.
An Englishman Never Shoots Blancs
Garnish: Grapefruit twist (discarded)
Method: Stir over ice, strain
25ml Lillet Blanc
50ml El Dorado 3yo
5ml Wray & Nephew
1 dash Fee Brothers Orange Bitters