January 28, 2023

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“shake martinis” [from John O’Hara’s “Butterfield 8”]

“Tell Mrs. Liggett what you told me about shaking martinis,” Nancy said.

“Oh yeah,” Farley said. “You know, like everyone else, I suppose I’ve been theorizing for years that a martini should be stirred, not shaken?”

“Yeah, I’ve always heard that,” Emily said.

“Well last year I spoke to an English bartender in London who told me that theory is dead wrong.

“Contemptible,” Nancy said.

“Very contemptible,” said Paul.

“I can imagine that being very disdainful,” Emily said.

— John O’Hara, Butterfield 8 (1935)

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Elizabeth Taylor won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the film version of Butterfield 8 (1960).
“shake martinis” [from John O’Hara’s “Butterfield 8”]