An emblem of style and sophistication, the Martini has come to symbolise much more than just a cocktail. It’s more than an option to pick come gin o’clock – it’s the reference drink for cocktail culture and possibly, the most famous of all cocktails across all categories. The Mojito, Cosmopolitans, the Gin & Tonic, there are few cocktails that transcend drinks and have captivated generations in the way the Martini has.
The history of the Martini has countless stories and although there are arguments pointing at different creators; all of them are impossible to verify with any certainty. There is however a common consensus that the Martini was most likely to have been invented in America. The rest written here is our understanding of its legacy, based on what we have read as opposed to hard facts that we can categorically prove.
We feel, the iconic cocktail’s history begins with a drink called the Martinez – which is also the name of a town in California which claims to be the geographical birthplace of the drink we now call the Martini. There is even a plaque in Martinez, California, that commemorates the birth of the Martini. It covers the story of Julio Richelieu’s bar in Martinez around the year 1870. Julio made a gin and vermouth concoction and dropped an olive into the drink before serving it to the customer. Allegedly, this was the birth of the Martini.
[2.0oz] dry gin
[0.5oz] dry vermouth
Pour gin and dry vermouth in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well, then strain into chilled Martini glass. Zest the lemon peel and garnish by twisting it in a perfect spiral.