In honor of International Martini Day (June 19), we're sharing 10 facts about our all-time favorite gin cocktail, which isn't widely known in France.
FACT # 1
The martini cocktails ≠ the red or white vermouths of the Martini & Rossi brand?
FACT # 2
The cocktail was created at the end of the 19th century in the United States, but the exact inventor of the martini will remain a legend?
FACT # 3
The ingredients for a classic martini are simple: premium dry gin, dry vermouth (preferably French!), And a green olive or lemon zest for garnish.
FACT # 4
Contrary to what you have heard in the James Bond movies, it is better to stir the ingredients rather than shake them to make a martini.
FACT # 5
A martini is usually served "dry" (without ice cubes) in a chilled martini glass.
FACT # 6
There are several types / styles of 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
Adding olive brine to the ingredients of your classic martini makes it a "dirty" martini, the favorite martini style of former United States President Franklin Roosevelt.
FACT # 9
According to superstition, it is bad luck to drink a martini with two olives. Go for one or three olives to be sure!
FACT # 10
When ordering a martini, there are 5 questions every good bartender should ask:
- Quel type de martini (bone dry, dry, dirty, ou wet) ?
- Vodka or gin and brand?
- Shaken or stirred?
- Straight or with ice cubes?
- What type of garnish (eg olive (s), lemon twist, or cocktail onions = Gibson)?
Now that you're a martini expert, why not order one the next time you go out ... or better yet, make one at home, it's easy and delicious!