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10 Facts About the Martini You Probably Did Not Know

In honor of International Martini Day (June 19), we are sharing a ten facts about our all-time favorite gin cocktail which is not well-known in France.

FACT #1

The martini cocktail the red or white vermouths by the brand Martini & Rossi ?

FACT #2

The cocktail was created in the late 19th century in the USA, but the exact inventor of the martini will remain a legend?

FACT #3

The ingredients of a classic martini are simple: premium dry gin, dry vermouth (preferably French!), and a green olive or a twist of lemon zest for the garnish.

FACT #4

Contrary to what you've heard in the James Bond movies, it's best to stir the ingredients rather than shake them, when making a martini.

FACT #5

A martini is typically served "straight up" (without ice cubes) in a chilled martini glass.

FACT #6

There are many types/styles of the martini: bone dry, dry, wet, dirty, burnt, navy, Churchill, Gibson, Montgomery, and Vesper.

FACT #7

The Vesper Martini was made famous by James Bond. The cocktail was invented by Ian Fleming, the author of Bond. The cocktail is named after the fictional double agent, Vesper Lynd, from his book Casino Royale, published in 1953. 

FACT #8

The addition of olive brine to your classic martini ingredients makes it a "dirty" martini, the favorite martini style of former U.S. President, Franklin Roosevelt.

FACT #9

According to superstition, it's bad luck to drink a martini with two olives. Opt for one or three olives to be safe!

FACT #10

When ordering a martini, there are 5 questions any good bartender should ask:

  1. What type of martini (bone dry, dry, dirty, or wet)?
  2. Vodka or gin and brand name?
  3. Shaken or stirred?
  4. Straight up or on the rocks?
  5. What type of garnish (i.e., olive(s), lemon twist, or cocktail onions = Gibson)?

Now that you're a martini expert, why not order one next time you're out...or better yet, make one at home, it's easy and delicious!

Check out our video on how to make a dry martini.


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