National Martini Day

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2023 DateJune 19, 2023
2024 DateJune 19, 2024
National Martini Day

National Martini Day History

National Martini Day seeks to promote the classic cocktail. A martini is a mix of gin and vermouth garnished with an olive or lime. There are many variations of this cocktail such as the Manhattan or Cosmopolitan. It can also be served dry, dirty, or smoky.

There are also a number of rumors relating to the origin of the Martini. It is believed that the Martini was created in the early 1900s at a bar in the town of Martinez, California. National Martinez Day is observed annually on June 19th.

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National Martini Day Facts

  • The ingredients and recipe for a martini in 1891 according to Cocktail Boothby’s American Bar-Tender were: ice, 4 drops of Angostura bitters, 1/2 jigger of Old Tom gin, 1/2 jigger of Italian vermouth, followed by a twist of lemon, stirred and strained.
  • The cherry was used as a garnish until the 1900s. Martinis started to become drier and the olive or twist became favored instead.
  • The term three-martini lunch was popular in the United States during the early 1950s and 60s. It referred to the leisurely, indulgent lunch enjoyed by those working in business.

National Martini Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Make martinis. First, chill your glass. Next add gin to a mixing glass along with vermouth. Toss in a large cube of ice as well. Stir it all together gently for at least 30 seconds. Finally, strain the drink in your chilled glass. You can garnish the drink with a few olives if you'd like.
  • Visit your local cocktail bar. They may be hosting a special event to celebrate the day.
  • Host a cocktail night with friends. Make margaritas and other cocktails.

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