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A ‘007’ HOMAGE THIS THIRSTY THURSDAY

The Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is as Smooth as its James Bond Namesake

Deceptive. An appropriate way to describe this week’s cocktail concoction. The Vesper martini may be an all-alcohol mix without so much as a cube of ice, but it graces the palate with a smooth and refreshing finish. A contradictory – deceptive, if you will – complement to the double agent for which the drink is named: Vesper Lynd, the breathtaking sidekick to James Bond in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. Unlike Vesper herself, though, this cocktail is up front with its flavors and straightforward in its preparation.

Naturally, the drink is shaken, not stirred, and is sure to inspire an evening in, spent with your favorite James Bond flick as we move toward the weekend. Check out Crystal barkeepers’ recipe for the Vesper martini, don your best black-tie attire and toast to movie nights with Crystal@Home.

Fun Fact: The Hollywood Theatre aboard Crystal Cruises ships showcases the greatest films from silver screen history, from Old Hollywood classics to just-released Oscar nominated flicks. Multiple showtimes and a varied marquee are offered on every voyage, complete with fresh popcorn… and even a Vesper martini, should you fancy one.

The Vesper Martini

2 oz. Gin of choice
½ oz. Vodka of choice
¼ oz. Lillet Blonde (a wine-based aperitif)

Shake over ice until well chilled, then strain into a deep goblet – champagne coupe or stemmed cocktail glass – and garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel.

Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience program brings several elements of the renowned Crystal Experience directly to guests, wherever in the world they are.

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