A Well-Stocked Bar: The Martini Cocktail Recipe & History

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Let’s face it: you can’t go wrong with a classic martini. This delicious blend of flavors is a favorite among many, and some individuals even describe it as the perfect cocktail. Containing gin and vermouth, it is sure to give you a kick while also tasting smooth. And, with the signature olive to top it off, you’ll be sure to never want to drink anything else again.

The History of the Martini

Like most famous drinks, the story of how the Martini came to be is not clear. Many bartending guides created in the late 19th century showcase drinks that are quite similar to the Martini, and it served as a basis for numerous cocktails at the time. For example, an Italian vermouth distiller titled his personal drink the Martini. This version contained equal parts gin and equal parts vermouth, and it eventually evolved into having the name Martini and Rossi.

Another legend states that the Martini evolved from a drink that was served at the famous Occidental Hotel in San Francisco in the mid 1800s. This drink was called the Martinez, and a local bartender created it. Additionally, it is also said that the Martini evolved from a drink that was made at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York.

Even Prohibition couldn’t stop the rise of the Martini. In the mid 20th century, it still managed to become the most popular cocktail available for purchase. Eventually, variations began to pop up, and it became common for people to take the suffix ‘tini’ and add it to other drink names, such as appletini, espresso martini, chocolate martini, and peach martini.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  •      12 parts gin
  •      2 parts vermouth
  •      Olive or lemon twist

Pour gin and vermouth into a mixing glass containing ice and stir thoroughly. Then, strain into a cocktail glass and place a green olive or a lemon twist as garnish. Enjoy!

Variations

If you’re like me, you are quite familiar with the James Bond movies. This fictional hero was famous for always ordering his martinis “shaken- not stirred”, which is now known as a Bradford. According to many bartending books, this is not proper procedure for any type of cocktail, but I can’t imagine James Bond ever being wrong.

There is also the dirty martini, which contains a splash of olive juice and is always garnished with an olive on top. Lastly, a “perfect” martini contains equal parts gin and vermouth.


 

Do you take your martinis traditionally or like our favorite undercover British agent? Let us know in the comments below!

 

About the author

Brooke Demchuk

Brooke is a freelance writer and full time student who specializes in coffee consumption and the art of procrastination. She sat down to figure out a life plan one day, but instead decided that she'd do that sometime later. When she's not in her college's library or hiding behind her laptop at hipster coffee shops, she enjoys ruining DIY Pinterest projects, looking at photos of French Bulldogs, and getting lost in downtown Washington, DC.

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