Monday, November 13, 2006

Mixologist Warns Against Shaken, Not Stirred, Martinis

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The new James Bond movie may inspire folks to drink martinis “stirred, not shaken,” and that has one San Diego-based mixologist shaking his fist.

Edwin Decker says just because a suave guy like Bond orders his martinis shaken, not stirred, doesn’t mean that’s the way the beverage should be enjoyed.

Decker says shaking a martini “bruises” the vermouth in the drink, and ruins the taste.

He figures the only reason Bond author Ian Fleming put the “shaken, not stirred” request in the original novels in order to prove the character was unorthodox.

In his words, “It was either that, or he didn’t know anything about bartending.”

As a result, generations of young drinkers have no clue about how to make a proper martini, which Decker says has only three ingredients: gin or vodka, vermouth and an olive.

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