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James Bond can ask for a martini "shaken, not stirred" and get what he wants. As for the rest of us, we would just get a scolding look from a bartender. In the movie world you can do this and get away with it, but in the real world it is the details that matter.
Do you want a gin or vodka martini? Which brand? Dry? Dirty? Do you want olives? Maybe onions or a twist?
These are all things that you should know if you ever plan on ordering or serving a martini. You do not want to be embarrassed when trying to order a drink that you obviously have never had or know what it really is.
If you are a bartender or plan to be one, these are important things to know not just for the customer who knows, but for the one who does not. You will get plenty of crazy questions and requests in any service industry and bartending is no different.
When that customer who just watched 007 drink the drink, beat the bad guy and get the girl orders a martini, now you can find out exactly what they want. It is better to ask a few questions and get it right the first time than give a customer something they may not like and cause a headache for yourself.
Martini videos as well as other cocktail videos can show you the myriad of possibilities a customer might go for and how to handle each.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|