Shaken, not stirred

I don’t drink but I appreciate the imagery behind the “shaken, not stirred” line in the Bond novels.  And the helpful folks at MI6 have posted the recipe for the perfect martini.  You can do it with this martini maker on sale at Amazon, too.  Here’s the first time Bond asked for his signature drink, which he would briefly call “The Vesper.”

‘A dry martini,’ (Bond) said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’

‘Oui, monsieur.’

‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?’

‘Certainly monsieur.’ The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

‘Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,’ said (Felix) Leiter.

Bond laughed. ‘When I’m…er…concentrating,’ he explained, ‘I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I think of a good name.’