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No, not that endless and unwinnable argument over proportions of gin or vodka to dry vermouth. This is about stirring a martini.
No, not that endless and unwinnable argument over clockwise or counterclockwise.
I speak here of the latest piece of scientific research that has concluded that the best way to stir a martini, particularly a vodka one, is with a wooden spoon.
According to an item in New Scientist Magazine, using a conventional metal cocktail spoon is not suitable for cool drinks because it is a good heat conductor and, thus, will tend to warm the drink a bit, more-so as the size of the spoon increases.
Another suggestion is that you should avoid shaking potato-based because, goes the logic, vigorous shaking will result in an oily after-taste.
So, students, to sum up, use a narrow wooden spoon, or wooden coffee stirrer or even a No. 2 pencil to work out your perfect martini. I know I will.
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