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Contributed by Dale DeGroff
Drink like the husband-and-wife detective team in The Thin Man.
Add both the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a small Spanish olive without pimento.
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This drink is not named for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist; it's named for Nick & Nora Charles, the Martini-swilling detective heroes of the 1934 novel and '30s and '40s film series The Thin Man. Think Myrna Loy and William Powell, not Kat Dennings and Michael Cera.
Martinis should always be stirred yes, and also should be 2 1/2 oz Gin 1/2 oz vermouth, and should never be named after a sub par movie that came out in 2008.
Martinis are better ice-cold, and a bigger drink will warm up while it sits in the glass. We'd prefer to mix up a fresh 2-ounce drink after finishing the first, but you can certainly double the recipe.
A 2 oz. drink? Really? How about just 3 oz. gin and 1 oz. vermouth, stir, and pour into a standard 4 oz cocktail coupe?
Ha - "bruising" gin is a such a silly myth. Shaken or stirred, i say drink them how you like them. if you like them colder, shake 'em. Dean Acheson, the Secretary of State under Harry Truman (when asked if he wanted his martini shaken or stirred) famously said, "I want you to bruise the HELL out of it!"
That's why it's called 'bruising' the gin. Classic martinis should always be stirred!
..so glad to see and read that the recipe calls for the contents to be STIRRED....shaking a classic martini only serves to overly dilute the Beefeater.......