Ernest Hemingway. Although best known for drinking daiquiris, Hemingway loved a good martini and created his own version called “The Montgomery.” He named it for Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, the British general who would not go into battle unless he outnumbered his opposition by 15 to one, the ratio of gin to vermouth that Hemingway used in his martinis.
James Bond. Shaken, not stirred. Need we say more, doll?
W. Somerset Maugham. The British playwright and novelist was a huge fan of Noilly Prat French vermouth. Said Maugham, “You can make a side car, a gimlet, a white lady, or a gin and bitters, but you cannot make a dry martini.” He also believed that “martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Our 32nd President loved martinis so much that he traveled with his own martini kit. His recipe was on the dirty side – two parts gin, one part vermouth, olive brine, a lemon twist and an olive.
Clark Gable. James Gannon, the newspaperman Clark Gable played in Teacher’s Pet, would hold a bottle of vermouth upside down to moisten the cork and then run the damp cork around the lip of the martini glass.
Alfred Hitchcock. Like Churchill, the famed Hollywood film director and producer liked his martinis dry. “The Master of Suspense” said the closest he wanted to get to a bottle of vermouth was looking at it from across the room.
Sir Winston Churchill. The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Churchill favored a very dry martini. As Churchill famously said, the only way to make a martini was with ice-cold gin and a bow in the direction of France.
“I never should have switched from scotch to martinis”. Humphrey Bogart, just before passing away
“I’m not a drinker, my body won’t tolerate…eh…spirits, really. I had two martinis New Years Eve and I tried to hi-jack an elevator and fly it to Cuba.” Woody Allen