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National Martini Day

Quote for Today: The Martini is the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. H. L. Mencken

Martini, Food HolidaysToday is National Martini Day here in the United States. I was originally worried about getting this post out in time but I then realized most Martini lovers would go ahead and make this holiday stretch out through the weekend. No one is really sure who came up with the Martini. Some suggest that the Martini came about around the 1860’s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. Before hopping on the ferry home commuters would enjoy a drink at the Hotel Bar. The boat ride home was to Martinez so they called this Gin concoction a Martini.

Others proclaim that the Martini got its start at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York and was named after the man pouring them around 1911. The classic Martini was a mixture of chilled Gin and Vermouth garnished with a green olive or a twist of lemon. In the beginning, the ratio of Gin to Vermouth was 1:1. However, by the 1930’s it was 3:1 or 4:1 and by the second half of the century it was 8:1 and sometimes even 12:1. When I was taught how to make this drink I was instructed to just wave the bottle of Vermouth over the mixing glass. It didn’t take me long to realize they weren’t kidding.Martini Recipe, Travel & Food Blog, Roadtrips R Us

In the 70’s and 80’s the Martini and the Three Martini Lunch became outdated and even frowned upon. Come on you remember those days when lemon drops, Long Island Tea’s, Alabama Slammers and two old guys pushing Bartles and Jaymes in T.V. commercials ruled the land. The 90’s saw the Martini back in vogue again and the number of variations became astronomical. Luckily, if you can’t see yourself having an Appletini and you won’t tolerate the site of liquor bottle with Godiva on it, there are still some great places to get a classic Martini. Here are five of them.

National Martini Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog1) The Bar at the Dorchester: London, England – Giuliano Morandi will create for you the perfect Martini in this dark intimate bar from days gone by.  

2) Columbia Room: Washington, DC – The classic Martini is alive and well here. They even take the temperature of your Martini making sure it is served at the perfect temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) American Bar at the Savoy: London, England – One of the most famous hotel bars in the world. The late Queen Mother herself is rumored to have stopped in for a late morning drink. Dudley Moore had also been bullied on stage to play the piano by pals Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole. Today, Erik Lorincz, a world-renowned bartender can be found behind the bar racking up awards for outstanding cocktails and service.

4) Scofflaw: Chicago, IL – It is here that you will find a seasonally changing cocktail menu that focuses on Gin. Even those that normally scoff at Juniper Juice walk away smiling. The bargain price for cocktails has nothing to do with it.

Porchlight NY, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog5) Porchlight: New York, NY –  Danny Meyer in a collaboration with his Blue Smoke partner Mark Maynard-Parisi, have joined the elite circle in the world of bars. The Porchlight has been named one of the best bars in New York and rightfully so. You can have a cocktail your way – shaken or stirred. 

 

 

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