Martini glass set ends 'shaken, not stirred' debate

Martini Glass Chillers keep drinks ice-cold, by separating ice from drink.

Clarity never looked so good. Sur La Table via Libbey

We all know that James Bond likes his martini "shaken, not stirred," but that's assuming he's drinking out of a traditional martini glass. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this is one of the few times the secret agent got it wrong. While a shaken martini is said to produce a colder drink, the resulting cocktail suffers from cloudiness because of all the excess air bubbles. Personal preference being what it is, perhaps Mr. Bond simply prefers his martinis as cold as possible. These Martini Glass Chillers seem to be the perfect solution to the debate.

Each glass holds 5.75 ounces of your favorite concoction while measuring 4.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. Manufactured by Libbey, the glasses are available in a set of four. Simply fill the resting cup with ice and place the business end of the glass on top. Your drink will stay refreshingly cool, and undiluted from melting ice.

So, no matter if you mind putting up with a little cloudiness for an ice-cold martini, or if you prefer clarity to temperature, the debate appears to be over. There is no longer a reason to ever shake a martini. Martini purists now can go back to debating which Bond is best.

But,wait, not so fast there, martini aficionados.

The University of Western Ontario ran an interesting study that found the shaken martini to have higher levels of antioxidants than one that is stirred. So much for ending the debate.

Clearly, more research is needed.

About the author

    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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