Tell me, must I be shaken or stirred by this birthday message that awaited me at the lobby of our office yesterday, January 26 (2 days late as my birthday fell on a Saturday)?
Man of Style
This dashing PR and Advertising man
is the resident heartthrob of
Euro RSCG Manila,
known for his quiet presence,
boyish good looks and chic style.
He is a product of exceptional brilliance
in accordance to the strict standards of
28 years of Agatep tradition.
Distinction has been recognized under the name
Norman since 1966.
100% ILOCANO (43 PROOF) 1 HECK OF A GUY
Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines
1 of 5 BROS & SIS BS MGMT 87 AB COMM 88 (ADMU)
All right, so a martini is traditionally made with gin, and the classic drink is often stirred so as not to bruise the alcohol (whatever that means) though James Bond used to insist that his poison of choice be: shaken, not stirred.
And me on this birthday message? Times have changed and today's bars often replace gin with the other clear spirit, vodka. Then there's Bond in the 2006 Casino Royale flick who, when asked about his martini, retorts: Does it look like I give a damn? While my supposed "quiet presence" might seem as aloof as Daniel Craig's Bond, I will at least admit to being slightly moved by my birthday poster.
So there. Thanks to fellow creatives and occasional drinking buddies Jojo and Lambert for the unique gift.
Meanwhile, should you wish to fix yourself a Dirty Martini, put together 6 parts of vodka (or gin), 1 part dry vermouth, and add a splash of the brine from a bottle of olives. It's the olive juice that give this martini its twist. Shake or stir as you prefer.
I'm mixing one tonight.