Shaken Not Stirred – Cocktail Hacks From 007

The only thing worse than that awkward social gaffe of ordering incorrectly (and “Holding up the line, man!”) at Starbucks, is completely blowing it when ordering cocktails.

There are your purist bartenders those who follow the straight and narrow when it comes to crafting cocktails. Then there are your more creative mixologists the ones who dare to live on the libation fringes. But regardless of who is behind the bar, one sure way to get your drink exactly how you want it (whether you know what youre talking about or not) is confidence. And were not likely to find a chap with more confidence that 007 himself, Bond. James Bond.

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To anyone who knows their martinis, the famous shaken, not stirredline is considered borderline blasphemous. But James Bond, the connoisseur of cool isnt entirely wrong here in fact, he might have even been a little ahead of trend.

True. The traditional martini is prepared with gin, dry vermouth and an olive or a lemon peel. And thats it. Its intended to be a clear cocktail and stirring maintains its clarity. Shaking, on the other hand, fogs up the drink with bubbles, and alters the flavor and temperature, making it much cooler and diluted as the ice cubes mix and melt.

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Our favorite spys cocktail of choice, however, is a Vodka martini. This changes things.

The first time we saw James Bond order his martini shaken, not stirred,was in Dr. No., released in 1962. The line, delivered with such nonchalance machismo by Sir Sean Connery, became an instant classic film quote of the 60s. But, iconic or not, the first appearance of Bonds cocktail OCD was in the first book of Ian Flemings Bond series, Casino Royale, which hit the shelves back in 1953.

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Heres his drink order, exactly as it was written in that first book – “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, and then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?” Doesnt really sound as basic as the basic, clear, dry gin martini, does it?

The Bond Martini, is in fact one that should be shaken, and for 2 main reasons. There are obviously a lot of moving parts in the recipe and it requires more than a simple stir. Plushave you ever had vodka that wasnt ICE COLD? Its hard to swallow to say the least reminiscent of a prison moonshine even (or so were told). Shaking makes the vodka cold that is what saves this drink, making it downright delicious on the right palette.

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So we asked our resident mixologist, Lee Pancake from Life Liberty & Libations… for some ground rules on pulling off that 007 swag when you order your next drink or better yet, for impressing your guests at home.

3 COCKTAILS YOU SHAKE

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Whiskey Sour – Garnish with a fresh lemon peel and cherry.” – Lee

  • 2 oz. Your choice of Whiskey (I like mine with a spicier Rye)
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Peel
  • Cherry
  • Pro Tip: Never use stale sour mix. Sour mix is equal part fresh lemon juice (sometimes lime juice) and simple syrup. When stale, the taste goes… well, sour.

Classic Daiquiri Try making your own simple syrup for a fresh, healthy alternative.” – Lee

  • 2 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Lime wedge 
  • Pro Tip: Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer while you prepare the drink.

Margarita – Does not refer to crushed ice. Thats a tequila slushy” – Lee

  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Cointreau 
  • Lime Wedge
  • Salt
  • Pro tip: Fill your shaker with ice and shake until your tin is almost too cold to hold. This will chill the mixture in the shaker, so no need to add ice to your beverage glass. All youre doing now is watering down the drink, which is no bueno!

3 COCKTAILS YOU STIR

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Old Fashioned – Prepare your mixing glass for a spiritual experience.” – Lee

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 3 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • Orange peel (NOT Optional)
  • Pro Tip: First, place the sugar cube at the bottom of the glass and saturate it with bitters. Three dashes will do it.

Manhattan – For the love of all things cocktails, DO NOT serve this over ice.” – Lee

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Rouge Vermouth (Sweeter Red Vermouth)
  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • Cherry
  • Orange Peel (Optional)
  • Pro Tip: Strain over a cherry that has been placed at the bottom of a cocktail glass. 

Negroni – Garnish with orange peel and cry Cin Cin!” – Lee

  • 1 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Rouge Vermouth (Sweeter Red Vermouth)
  • Orange Peel
  • Pro Tip: Most people like to mix it up with this cocktail, which has led to the creation of awesome new versions of the classic. But nothing beats a 1-1-1 Negroni. Enough Said.

 

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Theres nothing wrong with knowing what you like. We recommend finding that classy compromise when attempting to pull off a drink order like James Bond. You dont want your swag to actually come off as swill. But if you do find yourself getting a dirty look from a bartender… just maybe introduce yourself, last name first. And then… well, just shake it off.

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