Shaken, Not Stirred

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“Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred…” That phrase was spoken by the character James Bond for the first time in the film Goldfinger in 1964. In our digital age, Wikipedia even devotes a page to the phrase.  This year, the James Bond film franchise is celebrating 50 years since we met our favorite spy on screen in Dr. No in 1962. For a fun trip through time with Bond’s famous phrase, check this out and see how many films you can name. And see how Dr. No speaks Bond’s phrase before he does:

Cocktails have been an important part of life in San Francisco since the gold rush days. There are those who believe that the martini was invented when miners arrived in San Francisco in the late 1800s. And there are those who dispute that fact and give the east bay town of Martinez the honor. Writer Carter Wilson describes the dispute that continues to present day in “The Great Martini Mystery” story in the Martinez News-Gazette:

Perhaps the martini issue will be discussed during San Francisco Cocktail Week, September 17-23, 2012 – Beyond this week, the founders of the festivities have created an organization to preserve the legacy of cocktails in the City. “The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation co-founded by San Francisco bartenders and entrepreneurs H. Joseph Ehrmann, Duggan McDonnell and Jeff Hollinger with the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco…”

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