Magnus Vesper

August 2020

Where the love of mixology and good music combine

James Bond made the Vesper famous.  The “shaken not stirred” vodka martini (personal note: NOT a proper martini!) may be the fictitious British super-spy’s favorite libation, but he actually made the Vesper a known quantity in the cocktail world.  A unique take on a non-traditional martini the combination of gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc is not to everyone’s taste, but it  I present the Magnus Vesper; a whiskey lover’s version that would do Bond’s creator Ian Fleming proud.  


Magnus Vesper

Flavor Profile: Herbal Lemon




2 oz Joseph Magnus Vigilant Navy Strength Gin

3/4 oz Joseph Magnus Bourbon

1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

1/4 oz Aloe Liqueur

2 dash Lemon Bitters




Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice.  Stir for approximately one minute.  Strain into a martini glass.             




Lemon Peel


My Take:


Believe it or not, whiskey aficionados, gin is an incredibly popular spirit amongst whiskey distillers (oh, the horror).  There is a very simple reason:  it’s an unaged spirit that is easy to produce, and can yield tremendous profit.  Take Bruichladdich, for example.  The Islay-based superstar scotch distiller has one of the best gins in the world:  The Botanist.  Following in Bruichladdich’s footsteps we have Washington D.C.’s Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Vigilant Navy Strength Gin.  Its unique flavor profile includes mint which matches perfectly with the aloe liqueur.  Joseph Magnus triple finished bourbon gives the cocktail ample backbone and a little funk.  Finally, the lemon bitters make the overall flavor profile of Magnus Vesper a lemony/ mint accord that is refreshing and complex.


Music Pairing:


“You Know My Name” Chris Cornell (various versions)


Casino Royale is my favorite of the recent Bond flicks.  Soundgarden’s front man Chris Cornell gave a powerhouse performance for the opening of the movie which is available as a single, and on various other releases.  Sadly, Cornell is no longer with us, but we will always have his music.  Cheers!