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National Martini Day

June 19, 2013

Do you ask yourself who comes up with these days and wonder if they are actually holidays sanctioned by Congress?  If they are we know why so many other things are out of whack!

But today is National Martini Day.  And speaking of out of whack, the martini is probably the most abused, undermined, and bastardized drink in history.  And in my usual attitude driven way I want to express a few things here.  I have written extensively here and elsewhere about the Martini, and I am not going to rehash the history outside of saying that there were a few predecessors that didn’t really work out so well before the “Dry Martini” became a cocktail icon in the early 1900’s.  So here we go:

The Martini is NOT:

  • Shaken
  • Vodka
  • Dirty
  • Everything served in a cocktail glass
  • Fruit Flavored
  • Without vermouth
  • A cocktail or drink  list

The Martini IS:

  • Gin
  • Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Stirred
  • Garnished with an olive or twist

Cheers All!

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