Have a Drink: Martini

Martini

Classy and tasty, this recipe was a favorite of FDR

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H.L. Mencken, the grandfater of the modern day manosphere called the martini the “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet,” the poetic form that originated in Italy. From Ian Fleming’s James Bond on back through Prohibition and further back into the 19th century, the drink has survived to become an American icon. A little history on the beverage reveals:

The exact origin of the martini is unclear. Numerous cocktails with names and ingredients similar to the modern-day martini were first seen in bartending guides of the late 19th century. For example, in the 1888 Bartenders’ Manual there was a recipe for a drink that consisted in part of half a wine glass of Old Tom Gin and a half a wine glass of vermouth. In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under the brand name of Martini, and the brand name may be the source of the cocktail’s name.

Another popular theory suggests it evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez served sometime in the early 1860s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, which people frequented before taking an evening ferry to the nearby town of Martinez. Alternatively, the people of Martinez say the drink was first created by a bartender in their town, or maybe the drink was named after the town. Another theory links the first dry martini to the name of a bartender who concocted the drink at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City in 1911 or 1912.

By 1922 the Martini reached its most recognizable form in which London dry gin and dry vermouth are combined at a ratio of 2:1, stirred in a mixing glass with ice cubes, with the optional addition of orange or aromatic bitters, then strained into a chilled cocktail glass. Over time the generally expected garnish became the drinker’s choice of a green olive or a twist of lemon peel.

In any case, this martini recipe was the favorite of America’s first dictator, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only four-term President. Here’s how you make it.

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • Green olive
  • Ice cubes

Put a martini glass in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Put the gin and vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until cold. Strain from the mixing glass into the martini glass. Garnish with olive, and enjoy!

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3 comments

  • I’ve really started enjoying martinis lately. My two favorite gins that I’ve found are Hendricks and Tanqueray.

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    • Relampago Furioso

      Hmm…haven’t tried the Hendricks. I may pick up a bottle later today when I swing by the grocer.

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      • You won’t be disappointed.

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