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October 31, 2019


The first thing that comes to mind when I see the title "Butterfield 8" is an old Steve Allen routine, the Answer Man. You'd give Steve the answer and he would come up with the question.

Answer: Butterfield 8-3000.
Qestion: How many hamburgers did Butterfield eat?

Mitch Sisskind's "Facebook" comment: <<< A good example of O'Hara's Anglophilia. Although I have no personal experience, I lately read an explanation of the chemistry of shaking vs stirring: stirring won. I will send that link if I can find it. >>>
I, too, prefer to stir, though it is undeniably fun to shake, and most bartenders do the latter unless explicitly instructed otherwise. -- DL

As a maritini connoiser, I believe stirred is better...doesn't "bruise" the gin and the clarity in the glass is superior. Thanks for a fun read.! Joanna

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