The martini is one of the well-known and most popular cocktails of all time. ‘James Bond’, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were great fans of the martini. Despite its celebrated reputation, the origin of the drink remains mysterious. Its history is unknown and vague with different theories. There are a lot of people who claimed that they invented the drink. With a lot of theories, there are those that are most prevalent.

The Jerry Thomas Martini theory is all about a bartender named Jerry Thomas who worked at a hotel in San Francisco called the Occidental Hotel. He was famous for mixing great concoctions and making new drinks. Many people considered him as the father of mixed drinks. It was said that in the year 1850, a traveler who was on his way to Martinez stopped at the bar for a drink and requested Thomas to make him a special drink. Thomas mixed him a cocktail with vermouth, Maraschino and Old Tom and named it Martinez after that destination of the traveler.

The Martinez California theory was in the year 1870, when a gold prospector made it rich through mining gold. He went into Julio Richelieu’s Saloon to celebrate his great fortune with champagne. Since the bar runs out of champagne, the bartender combined a special cocktail with an olive garnish in a class and named it Martinez after the California town.

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