Why Does James Bond Like His Martinis Shaken Not Stirred?

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.

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January 19, 2017