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Food and Drink

"Shaking Martinis" [from John O'Hara's "Butterfield 8"]

Liz Taylor Butterfield 8<<<
"Tell Mrs. Liggett what you told me about shaking Martinis," said Nancy.
"Oh. yes," said Farley. "You know, like everyone else, I suppose, I've been going for years on the theory that a Martini ought to be stirred and not shaken?"
"Yes, that's what I've always heard," said Emily.
"Well, in London last year I talked with an English bartender who told me that theory's all wrong. American, he said."
"Scornfully," said Nancy.
"Very scornfully," said Paul.
"I can imagine very scornfully," said Emily.
-- John O'Hara, Butterfield 8 (1935)
Elizabeth Taylor won the "best actress" Oscar for her work in the movie version of Butterfield 8 (1960).

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