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“Just a drink, a Martini, shaken not stirred”*…



Moderate consumption of alcoholic drinks seems to reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cataracts, perhaps through antioxidant actions of their alcohol, flavonoid, or polyphenol contents. “Shaken, not stirred” routinely identifies the way the famous secret agent James Bond requires his martinis.

As Mr Bond is not afflicted by cataracts or cardiovascular disease, an investigation was conducted to determine whether the mode of preparing martinis has an influence on their antioxidant capacity.

Stirred and shaken martinis were assayed for their ability to quench luminescence by a luminescent procedure in which hydrogen peroxide reacts with luminol bound to albumin. Student’s t test was used for statistical analysis.

Shaken martinis were more effective in deactivating hydrogen peroxide than the stirred variety, and both were more effective than gin or vermouth alone (0.072% of peroxide control for shaken martini, 0.157% for stirred v 58.3% for gin and 1.90% for vermouth). The reason for this is not clear, but it may well not involve the facile oxidation of reactive martini components: control martinis through which either oxygen or nitrogen was bubbled did not differ in their ability to deactivate hydrogen peroxide (0.061% v 0.057%) and did not differ from the shaken martini. Moreover, preliminary experiments indicate that martinis are less well endowed with polyphenols than Sauvignon white wine or Scotch whisky (0.056 mmol/l (catechin equivalents) shaken, 0.060 mmol/l stirred v 0.592 mmol/l wine, 0.575 mmol/l whisky).

007’s profound state of health may be due, at least in part, to compliant bartenders.

Read the full version of “Shaken, not stirred: bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activities of martinis,” from the British Medical Journal, on NIH’s Pubmed.

* Goldfinger


As we decide nonetheless to emulate Luis Bunuel, we might recall that it was on this date in 1823 that Scottish chemist and waterproof fabric pioneer Charles Macintosh sold the first “raincoat.”



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October 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

Shaken, not stirred…

Altoids tins are the “universal container,” repurposed into paperclip holders, sewing sets, survival kits– and now, from Instructables,  something genuinely useful: a portable emergency martini…


FURTHER TO “Hands Up!…” (and “Comply With Me”): airport security cartoons from The New Yorker


As we realize that we can streamline even further by simply eliminating the vermouth altogether, we might recall that it was on this date in 1942 that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) was first publicly heard to utter the famous words “of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” in the premiere screening of Casablanca.

Later, he delivers an even more famous line– “Here’s looking at you, kid”– that’s not in the draft screenplays at all, but has been attributed to something Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) as he taught her poker between takes.

They’ll always have Paris… (source)