Sometimes changing one ingredient transforms an entire cocktail. The Vesper is no exception. I made my version of this classic 007 cocktail, which James Bond himself created, with Bianco Ambrato vermouth from Mancino Vermouth. Full disclosure -- I did not receive any compensation, but Giancarlo Mancino generously gave me a free bottle when I met him at Tales of the Cocktail earlier this year. I also met the U.S. distributor, so we can get it through the Internet.
3 ounces vodka
1 ounce dry gin
.5 ounces Mancino Bianco Ambrato vermouth
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake con passione as if you were with a Bond girl or Bond (depending on your preference), and strain into a chilled glass.
The Bianco Ambrato has a distinctive flavor compared to other dry vermouths. It strikes the delicate balance of asserting itself without overpowering the entire cocktail. Bravo!