A vodka martini — shaken, not stirred. The drink is as synonymous with James Bond as tuxedos and cleavage-bearing women. While a vodka martini hints that Bond has sophisticated tastes — sorry, we won’t even acknowledge that Skyfall Heineken — what does it really say about the spy? According to Andrew Mirabito, Brand Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire, it proves Bond is one of a kind. After all, prior to Bond’s popularity, gin martinis were the conventional choice. “Back then in the ’50s and ’60s, everyone ordered gin martinis,” Mirabito tells Hollywood.com. “I’m in the gin world and technically James Bond killed part of our gin business by asking for the martini with vodka, shaken not stirred. And as far as major media, he was one of the first ones to ask for his martini made with vodka.”
And Bond not only shook up the type of martini people prefer, but also changed the way people ask bartenders to make the cocktail. “When you get into mixology, [you're taught] to stir the cocktail if it’s only spirits because that’s kind of the rule of thumb,” Mirabito says. “[But Bond] says, ‘Shaken not stirred.’ He disturbed the whole culture of how you actually make the cocktail.” Something tells us Bond would drink to that.
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