The Martini – Shaken or Stirred?

From The Art of Manliness we learn about a few drinks that every gentleman should know by name. It’s a lot more sophisticated to the ladies you’re trying to impress than ordering another Duff Light Draw.

As the directions indicate below, this Martini is properly stirred, not shaken as James Bond would order. The Straight Dope has an excellent explanation of why Bond ordered his Martini the way he did.

The MartiniThe Martini
  • 7 parts English gin
  • 1 part French (dry) vermouth
  1. Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. Twist lemon peel over the top and serve garnished with an olive, preferably one stuffed with any kind of nut.