The Musical and Electric Martini Shaker By Pablo Zequeira Creativity & Computers: DSC ULEC Conway C. Liao Sven Travis
History of the Martini No one seems to know for sure how or when the Martini was created. It had to be sometime between the years 1862 and 1876. The exact ingredients have varied over the years. There is no idea when the olive came to be in a Martini. The first item in a Martini was a cherry. By one widely accepted account, the martini is a descendant of the Martinez, an older, sweeter, but similar cocktail, which consists of (approximately) two ounces of sweet vermouth, one ounce gin (specifically, Old Tom gin, a sweetened variant), two dashes maraschino cherry liquid, and one dash bitters, shaken with ice, strained, and served with a twist of lemon. The Martinez purportedly originated in California in the 1870's, probably either in San Francisco or in the town of Martinez. Some versions of this account are more specific, crediting the Martinez to Jerry Thomas, a famous and influential bartender working the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco in the late 1850s or 1860s. The martini was an established American cocktail at the beginning of the 20th Century, but did not attain its pre-eminent status as the classic cocktail until later in the century. Perhaps paradoxically, Prohibition did a great deal to elevate the martini's stature. Americans' preferred at that time whiskey as the base to their martini.
“I’ll have a Martini Shaken not Stirred…” The Bond Culture In the novel Casino Royale, Bond's recipe is specified in more detail as made with three measures of gin (Gordon's was Bond's preference), one measure of vodka (Russian or Polish is preferred), and half a measure of Kina Lillet aperitif, shaken until ice-cold, and with a large, thin slice of lemon peel for garnish (properly called a "Vesper" after his love interest in the book). By the second Bond novel, Love and Let Die, Bond was drinking vodka martinis, a trend that continued when 007 moved to the screen in 1962. The concept of "bruising the gin" as a result of shaking a martini is an oft-debated topic. A shaken martini is different from stirred Martini. The shaking action breaks up the ice and adds more water, slightly weakening the drink but also altering the taste. Some would say the shaken martini has a "more rounded" taste. scientific studies, claim that shaking causes more of a certain class of molecules (aldehydes) to bond with oxygen, resulting in a "sharper" taste. Shaking also adds tiny air bubbles, which can lead to a cloudy drink instead of clear. Some martini devotees believe the vermouth is more evenly distributed by shaking, which can alter the flavor and texture of the beverage as well. In some places, a shaken martini is referred to as a "Martini James Bond".
Martinis in mainstream culture The martini has become a symbol for cocktails and nightlife in general; American bars often have a picture of a martini glass with an olive on their signs.
My Portable/electronic/musical Martini shaker Perfect for parties. Easy to use. Portable. If at a busy bar you can listen to your own playlist and partake in the fun while working for someone else. Powered by rechargeable batteries. It is “collapsible” for portability. The actually Martini Shaker that holds the drink can be attached to any portable speaker strong enough to cause vibrations in the drink. Having to physically shake a Martini cocktail will be a thing of the past. There are already several electric martini shakers, but none that use the power of sound and music to shake the drink.
Concept models for portable and electric Martini shaker