The Dry Martini is a cocktail, the original of which is usually said to have been invented in 18th-century London, England. There are many cocktails that are claimed as the ancestor of the martini. The first printed reference to a drink being called a “martini” was from 1850, in an Italian language publication from Turin about the American barman Jerry Thomas. Claims have been made for drinks as varied as:
– A cocktail called “Martino” (said to date from before 1788 and to be related to dry vermouth),
– A “Gin Cocktail”, served in New York City by Philip Downing around 1874 and later known as a Martinez.
2 ¾ ounce Gin
¾ ounce Dry Vermouth
Lemon twist or olives for garnish
1. Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass or shaker.
2. Stir vigorously for 15 seconds.
3. Strain into chilled coupe or Martini glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist or olives and enjoy.
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