The word Martini brings to mind famous people like Sir Winston Churchill and fictional characters like James Bond. It has also given names to a string of cocktails all associated with glamour and fame. No wonder more and more people are celebrating World Martini Day.
What is a Martini?
In common speech, a Martini can mean two things:
- A brand of vermouth.
- A cocktail with vermouth as one of the ingredients.
Vermouth is fortified wine with added herbs, spices, and wormwood. It dates back to the 17th century and was originally a digestion medicine. The most famous brands are the Italian Martini&Rossi and Cinzano, and the French Noilly Prat. If you want to dive into the details, read the below blog post.
There is a lot of cocktails that includes the name Martini. What they have in common is that most of them include vermouth. Yes, a Martini can include a vermouth produced by Martini&Rosso – but it might not include vermouth at all.
A Dry Martini might not include more than gin and icecubes garnished with olives. In fact, the dryer the Martini, the less vermouth it contains.
Sir Winston Churchill had the recipe for the worlds dryest Martini:
[bctt tweet=”I would like to observe the vermouth from across the room while I drink my Martini. – Winston Churchill” username=”dandywl”]
Martinis can be made with gin or vodka. The latter is often called a Vodka Martini of Vodkatini. For a somewhat unusual Martini, check out my below recipe.
Should you shake or stir your Martini?
This is a never-ending discussion. There is no right or wrong, but using science we can establish the following: If you want a cold drink, shake it. If you’re afraid of diluting your drink, stir it. Read more about that below.
When is World Martini Day
World Martini Day falls on the 19th of June every year. Most people inclined to celebrate such a day might already have started the celebration during World Gin Day, which is always on the second Saturday in June.
How to celebrate world Martini Day
First off, make yourself a proper Dry Martini.
If you prefer company and live in London, pay a visit to Dukes Hotel.
If you live in Hamburg, I can recommend Le Lion.
If you live anywhere else, check out worldsbestbars.com.