Bond ordered his shaken for a reason. Did it have something to do with flavor? No idea. Ask a bartender. But I can tell you it had something to do with style.
Imagine Sean Connery in his white tux jacket, sliding between two 70’s film bombshells at the casino bar, and ordering his drink, “Stirred, with that little swizzle stick over there.” I am shuddering in my seat just thinking about it. I swear. And I guarantee you there would be no panty-strewn-hotel-room-floor shot in the next scene.
There’s just something about a shaken cocktail. It brings all the senses into the making of a drink. It’s a show. It makes an impression.
So the next time you bring a date back to your place for an after dinner drink, leave your little swizzle stick in the drawer, and mix her up something in this: the Nambé Twist Cocktail Shaker by Fred Bould. His award winning design takes its cues from the curving facets of a helix, and the thermal-retentive Nambé metal can be chilled to ensure proper coolness of the drink. Plus, it just plain looks like something Bond would use.