Stefano Pasini





They said....:


"Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet."

H. L. Mencken


"A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini."

Jackie Gleason


"I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini."

George Burns


"Shaken, not stirred."

James Bond


"Stirred, not shaken"

Stefano Pasini


"I must get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini"

Anonymous. The origin of this line is disputed; it has been attributed to Billy Wilder, Charles Butterworth, Alexander Woollcott and Robert Benchley. It was used by Mae West in Every Day's a Holiday (1937 film) and by Benchley in The Major and the Minor (1942 film).


"I like to have a martini, two at the very most; after three I'm under the table, After four, I'm under my host."

Dorothy Parker




"Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."

Winston Churchill


"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. "

Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca


"I never should have switched from Scotch to Martinis."

Humphrey Bogart last words


"I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it."

Rodney Dangerfield


"One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."

James Thurber


"Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman ... or a bad woman."

George Burns


"Zen martini: A martini with no vermouth at all. And no gin, either."

P.J. O'Rourke


"He knows just how I like my martini - full of alcohol."

Homer Simpson


"The three martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?"

Gerald Ford


''I had never tasted anything so cool and clean.''

"They made me feel civilized.''

Ernest Hemingway, 'Farewell to Arms'


"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."

Frank Sinatra


"If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt. "

Dean Martin


 Rowan Atkinson


"Happiness is...finding two olives in your martini when you're hungry."

Johnny Carson


Sinatra: "Let me fix you a Martini that's pure magic." Martin: "It may not make life's problems disappear, but it'll certainly reduce their size."

Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin


"I put the passion in my passion fruit Martini."

Claudia Schiffer


"If it wasn't for the olives in his martinis he'd starve to death."

Milton Berle


"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube. I'm talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking MARTINI"



“They say a martini is like a woman’s breast: one ain’t enough and three is too many.”

- Gail, The Parallax View


“I’d like a dry martini, Mr. Quoc. A very dry martini. A very dry, arid, barren, desiccated, veritable dustbowl of a martini. I want a martini that could be declared a disaster area. Mix me just such a martini.”

- Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*S*H




"I should like to elbow aside the established pieties and raise my martini glass in salute to the mortal arts of pleasure"

Bob Shacochis


"A well-made Martini or Gibson, correctly chilled and nicely served, has been more often my true friend than any two-legged creature"

M. F. K. Fisher


"If Plato is a fine red wine, then Aristotle is a dry martini"

Eric Stoltz


"He was white and shaken, like a dry martini"

P. G. Wodehouse


"I'm not a drinker, my body won't, really. I had two martinis New Years Eve and I tried to hi-jack an elevator and fly it to Cuba"

Woody Allen


"All the charming and beautiful things, from the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from tap water to something with color in it, and more in it than mere oxygen and hydrogen"

H. L. Mencken


"I love vodka martinis. I know it's a cliché"

Daniel Craig


"... all my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive"

Tallulah Bankhead


"I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house!"

George Clooney


"When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there's no holding me"

William Faulkner


"This is an excellent martini—sort of tastes like it isn't there at all, just a cold cloud"

Herman Wouk


 “A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.”
Jackie Gleason

“I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.”
George Burns

“Zen martini: A martini with no vermouth at all. And no gin, either.”
P.J. O’Rourke

“He knows just how I like my martini – full of alcohol.”
Homer Simpson

“If it wasn’t for the olives in his martinis he’d starve to death.”
Milton Berle

“I’m not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube. I’m talking satin, fire and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness, insight.. comfort; redemption and absolution. I’m talking MARTINI.


Un'idea dei miei amici Valerio Berruti e Barbara Ricci con altri appassionati del Martini, Presidente Onorario il grande Mauro Lotti. Nelle sue parole: "Il Martini è la Ferrari dei cocktail, l’aperitivo per eccellenza che fa cantare il ghiaccio"


Famous Martini drinkers

1. James Bond. In Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, Bond orders the drink like this: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel." Since the 1953 novel, though, Kina Lillet is no longer available... however, that doesn't stop Daniel Craig from ordering it that way in the 2006 movie. Today, if you order a Vesper (the offical name of the James Bond martini), Lillet Blanc is typically substituted. Also, the "shaken, not stirred" method will really spark an argument among martini purists - many believe that shaking it bruises the gin and maims the integrity of the cocktail.

2. Winston Churchill. If you order a Churchill Martini, you'll end up with a glassful of gin. Churchhill famously said the only way to make a martini was with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the direction of France.

3. Ernest Hemingway favored the Montgomery - 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. 15:1 is said to be the ratio Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery preferred when going into battle.

4. Lyndon B. Johnson liked the in-and-out martini - a glass filled with vermouth, then dumped out and filled with gin.

5. Alfred Hitchcock and Winston Churchill had the same idea - Hitch said the closest he wanted to get to a bottle of vermouth was looking at it from across the room. That quote is often attributed to Churchill, actually, but the Washington Post says otherwise... Churchill is misquoted all of the time, so I'm inclined to believe them.

6. Clark Gable's character in the 1958 movie Teacher's Pet likes to take the bottle of vermouth, tip it upside down so the liquid wets the cork, and then run the damp cork around the lip of the martini glass.

7. FDR absolutely loved martinis and is rumored to have carried a "martini kit" with him wherever he went. His recipe was two parts gin, one part vermouth, some olive brine, a lemon twist and an olive. He insisted on mixing his concoction for Stalin at the Teheran conference. Stalin found it "cold on the stomach" but tasty.

8. Julia Child preferred reverse martinis: a glass full of vermouth on the rocks (she liked Noilly Prat) with a topper of gin. She said she could easily down two of those.

9. Queen Elizabeth II likes Gordon's gin with three slices of lemon. She may have gotten her taste for gin from her mom - the Queen Mother once requested that two bottles of Dubonnet and gin be packed for an outing, "in case it is needed." The note she wrote to an aide requesting the booze sold at an auction for $32,000 in July.

10. W.C. Fields reportedly liked to start his day with a couple of double martinis in the morning - one before breakfast and one after.

And here's a bonus: Richard Nixon liked his martinis, but several sources say he couldn't handle them very well. He liked the ratio to be about seven parts gin to one part vermouth.

Other drinks....

I only drink Champagne when in love and when not.
~Christian Pol Roger

Show me how you drink and I will tell you who you are.
~Emile Peynaud

I envy people who drink— at least they know what to blame everything on.
~Oscar Levant

There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
~Francois Rabelais (Gargantua)

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
~Ernest Hemingway

There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.
~Bette Davis

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
~Dean Martin

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
~Henny Youngman

Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.
~Knute Rockne

I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up.
~Dean Martin

There should be asylums for habitual teetotalers, but they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they got out.
~Samuel Butler

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
~James Bond; Played By Sean Connery in the 1964 film "Goldfinger"

A man's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink.
~W. C. Fields

Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we’re fighting for, it’s Champagne!
~Sir Winston Churchill
Everyone who drinks is not a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets.
~Dudley Moore in the movie "Arthur"

I am a drinker with a writing problem.
~Brendan Behan

When a friend warned him that alcohol was slow poison,
Robert Benchley replied, "So who's in a hurry?"

When I sell liquor, it's bootlegging.
When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it's hospitality.
~Al Capone

I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate.
And I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
~Henny Youngman

Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or fourteenth.
~George Burns

I’ve never been drunk, but often I’ve been overserved.
~George Gobel

...and I'm standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth.
~Tom Waits

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient Champagne.
~Dorothy Parker

I don't drink anymore, on the other hand I don't drink any less either.
~W. C. Fields

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
~George Carlin

I went on a diet, swore off drinking, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks.
~Joe E Lewis
There is something about a Martini, A tingle remarkably pleasant: A yellow, a mellow Martini: I wish I had one at present.
~Ogden Nash

Is the glass half full or half empty? It depends on whether you're pouring or drinking.
~Bill Cosby

I used to jog, but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.
~David Lee Roth

Robert Benchley's list of infallible symptoms of intoxication in drivers: "When the driver is sitting with his back against the instrument panel and his feet on the driver's seat. When the people in the back seat are crouched down on the floor with their arms over their heads. When the driver goes into the rest-room and doesn't come out."

All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular.
~Al Capone (Referring to liquor during the Prohibition.)

There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.
~William Faulkner
If I cannot drink bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven then I shall not go.
~Mark Twain
We're drinking my friend, to the end of a brief episode. Make it one for my baby, and one more for the road.
~Johnny Mercer

When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.
~François Rabelais

I work until beer o'clock.
~Stephen King

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
~George Bernard Shaw

If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt.
~Dean Martin

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
~Stephen Wright

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
~Benjamin Franklin

I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler; I don't like beer.
~George Bernard Shaw

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap.
~Thomas Jefferson

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn't everyone?
~Noel Coward

I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink.
~Joe E. Lewis

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
~Miguel de Cervantes

Write drunk; edit sober.
~Ernest Hemingway

Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.
~Charles Dickens

Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!
~Martin Luther (Germany, 1517 A.D)

One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.
~James Thurber

Colder than the hairs on a polar bear’s ass! Colder than the frost on a champagne glass!
~Thomas Pynchon

Drinking makes uninteresting people matter less and late at night, matter not at all.
~Lillian Hellman

A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
~W. C. Fields

Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange.
~Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
~Lady Astor to Winston Churchill:
Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink.
~Churchill's reply:
Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it.

There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
~John Candy

I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.
~Richard Burton

Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my scotch, I say, I’m thirsty, not dirty.
~Joe E. Lewis

But Champagne is not drinking.
~David Niven: When asked why he was drinking

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
~Ann Landers

Aye, but today's rain is tomorrow's whiskey.
~Scottish proverb

I always wake up at the crack of ice.
~Joe E. Lewis

Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.
~W.C. Fields

I drink to make other people more interesting.
~Ernest Hemingway

A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.
~Czech Proverb

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
~Mark Twain


Un grande libro, e, soprattutto, una grandissima prefazione:




Do you know the 'Bloody Scotch'?


"…A Bloody Scotch is what you drink when you want a Bloody Mary but you don’t have any vodka. It’s just like a regular Bloody Mary but with Scotch instead of vodka, and without any tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery stick, or any of the rest of the stuff. You drink it right out of the bottle."


(P.J. O'Rourke, from: Age, Guile and Innocence....)


The Martini in History

A Commie Martini

(Author unknown....)

"Devo liberarmi di questi abiti bagnati e infilarmi in un Martini dry"
Mae West, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woolcott

"Un Martini è come il seno di una donna: uno non è abbastanza, tre sono troppi”
Mr. Rick Fishman

"Felicità è trovare due olive nel tuo Martini, quando sei affamato."
Johnny Carson

"Sono pronto a credere che un Martini secco pregiudichi leggermente il gusto, ma pensa a quel che fa per l'anima."
Alec Waugh

"Il Martini cocktail è una filosofia di vita, un punto d'arrivo".
Xavier de la Muela, Dry Martini Bar, Barcellona

"Martini dry per tutti? Non c'è miglior tranquillante."
Il fascino discreto della borghesia, Luis Buñuel

  The Perfect Martini by Luis Bunuel

I order my Premium Gins at

The Drink Shop

Sometimes, we really need a good Martini....


....more than anything else

James Bond ruined the Martini

(and we agree...)

La Francescana (Modena) doesn't mix any Martini for its customers

An official document by the ANSI-American National Standards Institute:
'Safety Code and Requirements for Dry Martinis'
(Secr. 'The Water Conservation League')

Frank Sinatra

Vittorio Gallo, preclaro medico internista, ci guida attraverso le complessità di un grande Martini a Torino, la più inglese delle città italiane....













Stefano Pasini, Bologna, agg. 19/07/2022