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Tag Archives: James Bond

• Answer to the eternal question: Stir a cocktail or shake it?

Answer to the eternal question: Stir a cocktail or shake it?

And that’s why James Bond is a secret agent instead of a bartender. “It is rarely wrong to stir a drink, but often wrong to shake it.” On the most recent episode of “The Cocktail Spirit” on the Small Screen Network, mixology expert and historian Robert Hess explains in no uncertain terms the correct circumstances […]

• If You Drank Like James Bond, You’d Be Shaken, Too

If You Drank Like James Bond, You’d Be Shaken, Too

We all know James Bond had a hankering for martinis. But it looks like the international spy threw back far more , his martini of choice, than was good for him. Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming’s James […]

• 5 Drinks You Can Ruin By Shaking

5 Drinks You Can Ruin By Shaking

“Shaken, not stirred,” is how James Bond orders his vodka martinis in the movies. The fact is, martinis, like many “spirit forward” cocktails, are designed to be stirred. Shaking gin (or vodka) and vermouth leads to a cloudy, aerated drink with little chunks of ice in it, not the smooth, silky nectar Bacchus intended. “Unlike […]

• Sipping cocktails at 35,000ft: Airlines’ latest innovation

Sipping cocktails at 35,000ft: Airlines’ latest innovation

Airlines are enticing new customers by serving exceptional cocktails in business- and first-class flights, but mixing drinks at 35,000ft isn’t always easy. Is there anything more glamorous than sipping cocktails at 35,000ft in the air? Maybe but as far as ‘because-I’m-worth-it’ moments go, this comes high on the list. Picture it: there you are drifting […]

• Salut! Bitter drinks are the sour tipple on everyone’s lips

Salut! Bitter drinks are the sour tipple on everyone’s lips

Sales are up 26 per cent, the style crowd are knocking them back like they are going out of fashion, and analysts Euromonitor are predicting the alcohol industry’s biggest success story in years. Aperol, and its more alcoholic older brother, Campari (Aperol is 11 per cent ABV compared to Campari’s 25 per cent) are the […]

• World Travelers Alert: Five of the Best Whisky Bars in the World

World Travelers Alert: Five of the Best Whisky Bars in the World

A new app for whisky lovers pinpoints the best places to drink a dram across the globe. Whisky Magazine’s Great Whisky Bars of the World 2012 app displays locations of its top-rated whisky bars on world maps, ensuring that wherever your travels take you you’re never far from the next whisky bar. Here are our […]

• Daniel Craig, as James Bond, defends Heineken placement

Daniel Craig, as James Bond, defends Heineken placement

Daniel Craig has defended the decision for James Bond to swap his trademark vodka martini for a glass of Heineken beer. The actor is currently filming the latest 007 movie, “Skyfall“. He points out that the sponsorship money the beer brand generates helps meet the cost of making and promoting the film. Sponsorship and product […]

• James Bond Swaps Martini for Heineken

James Bond Swaps Martini for Heineken

James Bond is set to sip a Heineken in his next movie, as the beer giant pushes its flagship brand. Bond, played by Daniel Craig, will swap his usual martinis for a Heineken in at least one scene of “Skyfall”, the latest installment in the long-running movie franchise. The actor will also star in a […]

• Want to drink like Bond? James Bond. There’s an app for that

Want to drink like Bond? James Bond. There’s an app for that

If you’re taking your cues from James Bond, nothing says sexy and debonair like ordering your vodka martini “shaken, not stirred.” From Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, the famous spy has never failed to demonstrate his elegant taste in cocktails. With the new Bond Mixology iOS app that traces (literally) every drink the secret […]

• Either/Or: Have An Expensive Mixologist Drink Or A Cheap Alternative

Either/Or: Have An Expensive Mixologist Drink Or A Cheap Alternative

The next time you go out for a celebratory drink, make sure you bring your black card (or apply for a small bank loan). All across the District, sommeliers and mixologists are offering uber-expensive libations for those with the urge to splurge. Whether you want to enjoy an aristocratic afternoon tea, a congratulatory toast or […]

• Avoiding Mixology Mishaps

Avoiding Mixology Mishaps

A new year is an opportunity to start things fresh. Our resolutions are almost always about bettering oneself. But sadly, few live up to their lofty goals. So many fall by the wayside as they attempt to lose weight, quit smoking or write the next great American novel. But some resolutions are easy to stick […]

• Do you fancy yourself a mixologist? What you NEED to know about Shaken or Stirred

Do you fancy yourself a mixologist? What you NEED to know about Shaken or Stirred

Forget about what James Bond would do — here’s what you need to know: Cocktail shaking is a violent activity.  If you shake for around 12-15 seconds (though shaking longer won’t hurt), and if  you aren’t too lethargic, neither the type of ice you use nor your shaking style will appreciably affect the temperature or […]