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  • Writer's pictureJames Reese

Where did the Martini get it's start?

The history of the martini is a bit of a mystery, and there are many different stories and theories about its origins. Here are a few of the most popular:

  1. One theory suggests that the martini was invented in the late 1800s or early 1900s by a bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia, who worked at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City. According to this theory, the drink was named after the bartender.

  2. Another theory suggests that the martini was invented in the mid-1800s by a bartender at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. This bartender, who was known as "Professor" Jerry Thomas, reportedly created the drink as a variation of another cocktail called the Martinez.

  3. Yet another theory suggests that the martini was invented during the Prohibition era in the United States (1920-1933), when people would smuggle gin into the country and mix it with vermouth to make a cocktail that was easy to drink and masked the taste of the low-quality gin.

Regardless of its origins, the martini has become one of the most iconic and beloved cocktails in the world. Traditionally, a martini is made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon. However, there are many variations on the classic recipe, and people have been experimenting with different ingredients and flavors for decades.

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