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Cocktail of the Week: The Vesper Martini

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then you deserve a happy hour that’s a little more...hmmm. What’s the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content.

Did you know that the Vesper was James Bond’s original drink of choice in the novel Casino Royal? After tasting it ourselves now we understand why! Ours uses Empress Gin from British Colombia...which gives it that vibrant color.


  • 2 oz Empress Gin
  • 1/2 oz Tito’s vodka
  • 1/4 oz Lillet
  • Orange twist
  • Ice


  1. Combine Empress Gin, Vodka, and Lillet in shaker full of ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Pour.
  4. Garnish with orange twist.
  5. Enjoy!