Too Many Cooks: Shaken or Stirred?

February 22, 2013

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

As we gear up to watch the red carpet and weigh in on the awards this Sunday, we've got Bond on our minds. Which, really, is just a great excuse to stir a martini or two, and get dressed up -- even if we won't be going any further than our couches.

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So, in honor of James and his penchant for simple, classic perfection, we asked our team: What is your favorite classic cocktail -- shaken, stirred, or otherwise?

What will you be drinking on Sunday? Tell us in the comments, and drink up -- just be sure to do so responsibly and, preferably, while wearing a tuxedo.

Kristy: Just champagne. I know it's not a cocktail, but whatever.

Christina: Love a good Vodka Gimlet, or when I'm feeling really crazy I go for a Sidecar.


Lauren: A Tom Collins or a Gin & Tonic with a lime and a lemon.

Marian: I'm a Manhattan girl myself -- and I know I'm not alone. (I'm looking at you, Kenzi and Jennifer.)

Stephanie: Gin and tonic. It's simple and I love it.

Kenzi: Manhattan. Or just bourbon, with a rock. (That's not really a cocktail either, I suppose.)


Amanda: +1 on the gin and tonic, but I have to drink it with my grandmother, who likes her G&T in a stem glass that has "Pussycat" etched on the side.

Gheanna: ++1 on the G&T, but sometimes I'll mix it up and get a gin gimlet. Basically anything with gin.

Amanda Li: Whiskey buck.

Brette: A Negroni or a French 75.


Michael: I love a good Sidecar myself, as well as other sours like the Margarita. However, my very favorite cocktails are bitter. If I'm picking a classic, I'll go with the Negroni.

Lauren: G&T's with my grandmother too! We were firmly instructed to "pour the gin until the ice floats."

Maddy: Tanqueray 10 Martini.

Alex: I'm a brown liquor girl, myself. My vote goes to Manahttan or Rob Roy.

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walkie74 February 24, 2013
an adulterated martini,aka a Walker-- half dry vermouth, half Bombay sapphire, shaken over crushed ice and garnished with three almond stuffed olives.
Catherine R. February 24, 2013
G&T recently re-emerged as favorite after discovering Fever Tree tonic with cucumber instead of Lime.
dymnyno February 24, 2013
I love Fever Tree tonic! The perfect "cucumber" gin is Hendricks.
dymnyno February 24, 2013
It's a seasonal thing with Freddy and me. In the summer we enjoy Gin and Tonics or Gin Martinis. In the winter we love our Bourbon and Soda or our favorite, the Manhattan, sometimes A Perfect Manhattan. Then in hot weather climes when we are sailing or in the Caribbean we drink Rum(tonic, cuba libre). And of course there is always wine! We made some Rose last year that was pretty good.
laurenlocally February 22, 2013
AntoniaJames, I wholeheartedly agree decks, views and G&Ts go hand in hand!
AntoniaJames February 22, 2013
Count me in on the G&T, preferably on an upstairs deck overlooking the dunes out to the Atlantic, on the Outer Banks . . . but if the latter is not possible, the deck outside my kitchen overlooking a wild croquet game in my backyard will do. And in the dead of winter, my elder son and I have been known to enjoy them while talking in the kitchen, about cooking of course. (It's a seasonal drink in winter, we argue, given that the limes are so good then. Or do they just taste so good because they remind us of summer, and the beach?!) Love the instructions Lauren shared! ;o)
hardlikearmour February 22, 2013
I love the Aviation cocktail - tasty and a gorgeous pale purple-blue hue.