Roshan’s Undoing


Recipe: Roshan’s Undoing (serves one)

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1 dash (= 1/8 tsp.) Peychaud’s bitters
  • orange peel

Shake liquid ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Rub orange peel around rim and drop in drink.

Last week we posted our sister/sister-in-law’s favorite cocktail, so this week, we thought we’d post our brother-in-law’s. This drink is a take on the Vesper cocktail, ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale. In this version, the gin and vodka are in a 1:1 ratio, whereas Bond ordered a more gin-focused 3:1 (plus twice as much liquor overall!). Bond’s version also called for Kina Lillet, an aperitif wine with quinine flavors that hasn’t been made since 1986. As a replacement, Roshan uses Lillet Blanc, which is similar to a vermouth with citrus components, plus Peychaud’s bitters.

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