Ian Fleming

The Vespertine, The Chameleon Cafe

The Vespertine, The Chameleon Cafe

Vespertine: being nocturnal or nightly; a popular album by Bjork; a drink created by author Ian Fleming in his first James Bond novel, “Casino Royale”; my favorite new cocktail at The Chameleon Café in Lauraville.

When it comes to mixing up a quality drink, Chameleon's general manager — and self-proclaimed cocktail nerd — Matt Weaver means serious business. The drink list, created by Weaver just eight months ago, is an impressive tribute to Prohibition-era libations with a twist, or as Weaver says, “classic cocktails with character.” 

Take the Vespertine, a clever spin on the Bond martini. “Originally, the drink was made with quinine, which made the [original...