Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey DeForest Bogart
Born: December 25th 1899
Last Gin Martini : January 14th 1957
After trying a variety of jobs across a wide range of industries, Bogart began acting in 1921. Before long Bogart became a regular feature in Broadway productions spanning the 1920s and 1930s.
The stock market crash of 1929 hit Broadway hard and the demand for plays plummeted as the net tightened on lavish funding. Bogart soon turned to the film industry, a turn that was certainly in the right direction.
Bogarts first great movie success was to had when staring  as Duke Mantee in the 1936 film The Petrified Forest.
The success of this role and his excellent execution led Bogart to a succession of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and exciting B-movies of the time like The Return of Doctor X (1939).
Bogarts career really took flight in 1941 with the breakthrough as a leading man in the film High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The following year saw Bogarts performance in Casablanca, The film catapulted him to the peak of his profession as an actor and simultaneously firmly cemented his trademark film persona, the Humphrey Bogart as we know him today, the hard-chinned cynical hero who ultimately shows his noble side when required.
Bagarts career went from strength to strength as other successes followed in steady succession.
Bogarts films included:
o To Have and Have Not (1944)
o The Big Sleep (1946),
o Dark Passage (1947)
o Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall
o The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948),
o In a Lonely Place (1950)
o The African Queen (1951), (Which saw Bogart win his only  Academy Award;
o Sabrina (1954)
o The Caine Mutiny (1954).
o The Harder They Fall (1956). (His final movie)

During a film career spanning almost thirty years, Bogart appeared in over 75 feature films.
The American Film Institute an independent non-profit organization ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. To this day Bogart is widely regarded the world over as a cultural icon.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

Bogart a prolific Gin Martini drinker was leading the lifestyle of his adopted persona, that of the gangster. He was noted socially for his excessive drinking of Gin and often made a mockery of his habits coining such phrases as:

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”

“I never should have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

The martini was helped on its way to becoming the world’s most recognizable and coolest cocktail by the icons of the media industry in the 20th century.
The Gin martini for many conjures up images of slick men in black tuxedos, stylish Aston-Martins, stunning women, and gangster shootouts with evil villains and moles. Here’s a list of just some of the men throughout history who appreciated the stylish Gin Martini:

To name just a few … please comment on this blog if you can think of nay others?

Anyone who is anyone one has heard of a martini (Classic gin recipe and not the imitations), and certainly everybody knows James Bond’s classic strap line ‘Shaken, not stirred’.

You may say (and we certainly do) that a Gin martini is a symbol of class and distinction. Sipping on a Gin Martini (that is shaken and not stirred naturally) shows that you are a sophisticated individual with a taste and style that goes beyond that of the common man.

So in order for you to live the Million dollar lifestyle and kick it back like Bogart we have provided you with a classic Gin Martini recipe:
Classic Gin Martini recipe
For a classic martini fill your martini glass prior to preparing the cocktail then discard the ice just before you pour your Martini.
3 1/2 oz. Oliver Twist London Distilled Gin
1 tsp. dry vermouth (Dolin)
Lemon twist or olive for garnish
Pour gin and vermouth into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake like a 1950’s bar tender. Strain into your pre-chilled Martini Glass and garnish.
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2 Responses to Humphrey Bogart

  1. Brendan says:

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