The Martini is a cocktail drink made with vermouth and gin and garnished with olive. It has become one of the best-known alcoholic beverages over the years. The origin of the Martini is lost somewhere in time. However, the cocktail is one of the classic drinks of the twentieth century. One thing is for sure, Martini has been around for a very long time now.

It is a great possibility that the great grandfather of the Martin drink today was the Martinez. The recipe for the cocktail appeared in print in 1887 in Jerry Thomas’ The Bartenders Guide. The original Martin recipe includes one pony of a sweetened gin called Old Tom Gin, one wineglass of sweet Italian vermouth, one dash of Bokers Bitters and two dashes of maraschino liqueur. This original Martini recipe is a little sweeter than the Martini drink of the modern day.

Considered as one of the six basic drinks in David A. Embury’s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the Martini now has hundreds of cocktail variations to choose from. These Martini recipes make gatherings and parties a lot more exciting. A cocktail poured into one is transformed into some form of Martini. However, a Martini may also be served on the rocks.

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