World Cocktail Day 2021 — “Vodka Martini. Shaken, Not Stirred”

“There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum. He should seek professional help and try to find other strategies for managing occupational stress.”

Medical Journal of Australia (Dec. 2018)

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“Do I look like I give a damn?”

James Bond —  Casino Royale (2006)

May 13 2020 — World Cocktail Day is a global celebration of cocktails. It marks the publication date of the first definition of a cocktail on May 13 in 1806. The Oxford Dictionaries define cocktail as an “alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream”.  My favorite cocktail is the Long Island Iced Tea. What is yours? Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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UPDATE (May 13 2021) — On April 22 2021, the British security service MI5 joined Instagram in a bid to increase transparency and rid itself of “martini-drinking stereotypes”.

MI5 boss Ken McCallum : “We must get past whatever martini-drinking stereotypes may be lingering.”

MI5 boss Ken McCallum said “being more open” was key to MI5’s approach to the 2020s.

Urging people to follow the service, Mr McCallum added: “You can insert your own joke about whether we will be following you.”

“On the one hand, our ability to serve the public and keep the country safe depends critically on operating covertly.”

“It would be dangerous vanity to imagine MI5 can build all the capabilities it needs inside its own bubble,” 

“We must get past whatever martini-drinking stereotypes may be lingering by conveying a bit more of what today’s MI5 is actually like, so that people don’t rule themselves out based on perceived barriers such as socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or which part of the country they happen to have been born in.”

“If I want one thing to characterise my tenure in this role, it’s for MI5 to open up and reach out in new ways.

“Much of what we do needs to remain invisible, but what we are doesn’t have to be. In fact, opening up is key to our future success.”

That is is all well and good, but I know someone who is not going to like it…. Do not worry James. Not everything is lost yet.

Spy Chief wants to recruit more women (…) as ‘mission critical’ for the secret service — Daily Mail (May 11 2021)

“The secret to successful spying? Consider all angles. It’ll give you a better view…” — @mi5official (April 22 2021)

PS — Not sure about which cocktail you should enjoy tonight? Here is a list of 23 rum recipes that you need to taste at least once in your life!

END of UPDATE

“Shaken, not stirred” is a catchphrase of Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond and describes his preference for the preparation of his martini cocktails.

In the film adaptations of Fleming’s novels, the phrase is first uttered by the villain, Dr. Julius No, when he offers the drink in Dr. No (1962), and it is not uttered by Bond himself (played by Sean Connery) until Goldfinger (1964). [Wikipedia]

It is used in numerous Bond films thereafter with the notable exceptions of You Only Live Twice (1967), in which the drink is wrongly offered as “stirred, not shaken”, to Bond’s response “that’s right”.

In Casino Royale (2006), Bond, after losing millions of dollars in a game of poker, is asked if he wants his martini shaken or stirred and snaps:

“Do I look like I give a damn?”

Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming

“Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming” is the official 007 cocktail reference. The book was released on October 2, 2018.

Just as fast cars, exotic locations and opulent casinos are synonymous with the world of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, so too are cocktails. From the very first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in which Bond christens The Vesper, to the immortal lines, ‘shaken and not stirred,’ which first appeared in print in Diamonds Are Forever, cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story.

Whether it’s the favored Martini, which features in almost every book, or a refreshing Negroni or Daiquiri, strong, carefully crafted drinks are a consistent feature of the Bond novels, and they have become a symbol of the James Bond lifestyle which so many fans aspire to emulate.

In this authorized James Bond cocktail book the reader will discover excerpts from Ian Fleming’s writing, with cocktail recipes to match.

There are ten classic drinks from the pages of the novels, plus 40 brand-new ones inspired by the people, places and plots of the original novels, created by the mixologists at London’s award-winning bar, Swift.

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REFERENCES

Shaken, not stirred — Wikipedia

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