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Celebrate World Martini Day

Tuesday 11 June, 2024

June 19th marks World Martini Day, a day dedicated to one of the most iconic cocktails in history. The Martini, with its timeless elegance and versatile nature, has been a staple in the cocktail world for over a century. Let's dive into its fascinating history and explore the myriad variations that have cemented its popularity.

The origin of the Martini is shrouded in mystery, with multiple stories vying for authenticity. One popular tale attributes its creation to the late 19th century in San Francisco, where bartender Jerry Thomas concocted a drink named after the nearby town of Martinez. Another theory suggests it was invented in New York City, where it gained prominence in the early 1900s. Regardless of its true beginnings, the Martini quickly became a symbol of sophistication and style.

Traditionally made with gin and dry vermouth, the Martini has evolved to include countless variations. The classic Dry Martini, with its minimal vermouth, is a favourite among purists. The Dirty Martini, featuring a splash of olive brine, offers a salty twist, while the Gibson replaces the olive garnish with a pickled onion. Vodka Martinis, popularized by James Bond's "shaken, not stirred" preference, provide a smoother, more modern take on the drink.

As the Martini’s popularity grew, so did the creativity of mixologists. Flavoured vodkas and gins have expanded the Martini's repertoire, introducing notes of citrus, berries, and botanicals. Espresso Martinis and Chocolate Martinis cater to those with a penchant for dessert-like indulgences, while the French Martini, with its blend of vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice, adds a fruity flair.

This World Martini Day, why not experiment with your own Martini creations at home? Head to Dan Murphy's, where you can discover an extensive range of premium gin, vodka, and vermouth. Whether you're a fan of the classic recipe or eager to try something new, Dan Murphy's has everything you need to craft the perfect Martini. Raise a glass and celebrate the enduring allure of this legendary cocktail. Cheers!