Shaken  – not stirred. Really? 

Controversy surrounds James Bond’s famous tagline.  Although the original quote from Sir Ian Fleming’s novel, Diamonds Are Forever reflects the author’s preference, many bartenders contend that if a Martini is shaken the alcohol becomes “bruised” – something which agent 007 could never abide. However, the film producers decided at any rate that the line “shaken not stirred” sounded better for the movie, so Bond changed the way this classic has been ordered ever since.  The Martini consistently ranks as the number one cocktail in the world.


What you need

2 oz Gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
2-3 olives for garnish

What you do

Pre-chill the gin and glass.
Fill a mixing glass with ice and add liquids.
Stir until well chilled.
Pour carefully into the serving glass. 

Garnish: 2-3 olives
Serve: Cocktail or Martini Glass
Style: Aperitif
Taste: Dry, strong

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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