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The Vesper brings a hint of James Bond to Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis

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The classic libation will soon be added to the bar menu. Should it not be listed, simply ask your bartender!
Photo: Steve Marcus
Sabrina Chapman

For the smooth operator who’s always dreamed of requesting “shaken, not stirred” in the midst of a high-stakes poker game. For the damsel who desires to be a secret agent’s love interest. For them, Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis presents the Vesper ($14), available by request and soon to be on the menu.

Power and grace define this martini, named after bombshell Bond girl Vesper Lynd. Hank’s longstanding bartender Phil Roman reinterpreted the classic recipe from Casino Royale, and the result is refreshingly elegant. Tanqueray No. Ten provides complexity and aphrodisiac aromas with hints of vanilla and juniper. Lillet Blanc adds balanced sweetness, while Belvedere soothes any bitterness and completes a savory long-lasting finish. Sip one at the Green Valley Ranch steakhouse before a luscious, chandelier-lit dinner or shake up a Vesper at home for some 007-style role-playing.

The Vesper at Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis

Ingredients:

3 oz. Tanqueray No. Ten

1 oz. Belvedere

1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc

Lemon twist

Method: Combine first three ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill a Boston shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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