Stirred, not Shaken

There can be few fictional characters who have had such a bad influence on the world than James Bond. He famously ordered his Martini, “Shaken, not stirred”. This is not the correct way to mix a Martini or any other cocktail whose ingredients are transparent. Shaking these drinks causes small slivers of ice to be suspended in the drink, making the drink appear cloudy and changing the mouth texture.

Shaking should be reserved for drinks that include juice, milk, or egg. Shaking helps break these up and mixes the drink more effectively.

Most bars will shake the Martini and Manhattan as well as Sidecars. I feel sure that this faux pas can be laid at the feet of Mr Bond. His command, moreover, shows that stirring was the accepted method at the time. For if barmen of the time had shown the same disregard for correctness that they do in this age, he would not have felt the need to instruct the bartender to shake.

The end result of this is that now I am the one who has to ask for my Negroni to be stirred and not shaken. Damn you Mr Bond.

Published in: on 29 March, 2014 at 7:22  Leave a Comment  

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