Cocktails + Eats

Craft Cocktails: Recipes from Bob Peter’s Mixology Lab

January 19, 2016

Ahoy! Another day, another great craft cocktail recipe to impress all your friends at a party. Bonus points for today’s recipe, as you can make it in bulk to take with you camping. Because I’m always looking out for you like that.

Today’s Cocktail is a Vesper.

I really liked the Vesper because it was super easy to make, and kind of tasted like whiskey for some reason. It made me feel like a sophisticated adult and that’s always a nice feeling to have.

A Vesper requires only 4 easy ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Lemon


Since I am in North Carolina, we used locally produced Spirits. We used Topo Gin from Chapel Hill and Doc Porter’s┬áVodka from Charlotte.

Here’s how to assemble:

  1. In a large glass, add ice.
  2. Pour 1 oz. Vodka, .75 oz Gin, 1 oz. Lillet Blanc.
  3. Stir ~30 times to mix it. Gently stir, no need to go all James Bond and shake it.
  4. Using a strainer, pour into a coupe glass or martini glass (or any glass you’d like).
  5. Use a peeler to get a big chunk of lemon rind. Gently roll the lemon rind over the drink to drop the oil from the rind. Then use the outside of the peeled lemon rind to rub around the rim of your drink.
  6. Throw the rind in your drink.

Ta-da! It is so super easy! The lemon is an easy step to skip, but it is amazing how adding it to the drink really plays with the flavor. Rubbing it around the rim of your drink ensures you get a hint of lemon every sip you take!


*Party Tip!

You can make this drink in bulk, just extrapolate the ingredients by the number of people you’ll be serving (so 15 oz of Vodka if 15 people will be drinking it at your party). Then strain it into a beautiful serving pitcher that you can store in the fridge. You can also put your drinking glasses in the fridge to chill them as well. That way, if someone needs a refill you can pour it in two seconds, instead of having to spend a few minutes making each drink.

*Take it camping!

I love bringing bags of wine, and other beverages, with me on group backpacking trips. It gives us something to drink while we unwind around a campfire with friends celebrating an accomplished day of being outside. This would be easy to bring along by pre-mixing it at home, and storing it in a nalgene bottle for the hike. Chill it in an icy river while you set up camp, and you’ll be the favorite person at dinner time!


If you’re looking for a fun & free way to learn new cocktail recipes to impress your friends or to intrigue your palate, Bob Peters teams up with Earl’s Grocery for a free mixology class on the second Saturday of every month. In January, 56 people attended so you’ve got to get there early to grab a seat. Might I suggest arriving early for lunch and trying the ramen?



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