A traditional martini is comprised of dry gin, dry vermouth, and ice. While all three ingredients are placed in a cocktail maker, they should be stirred—never shaken. Shaking a cocktail would dilute the drink, and this method is reserved for drinks like margaritas. So, why would the sophisticated James Bond consistently insist on martinis "shaken, not stirred"? Hear a few theories in the following video, then learn more about the chemistry behind your favorite types of liquor.
Shaken vs. Stirred Martinis
Why does James Bond repeatedly make the faux pas of asking for a "shaken" martini?
Cocktail Chemistry: How Brandy Is Made
Brandy isn't just delicious—it involves a lot of chemistry. Watch how apple brandy is made below.
Written by Curiosity Staff January 19, 2017
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