The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

June 19, 2013

Happy National Dry Martini Day! Regarded as possibly one of the most fashionable drinks in film and culture, the martini first appeared in the mid-1800s. It is likely derived from the Martinez, which included sweet vermouth, gin, bitters and maraschino liqueur. The drink morphed into the martini when its ingredients were simplified into vermouth and gin only.

Maggiano’s Celebrates National Martini Day

The dry martini grew in popularity due to the higher gin to less vermouth ratio. The “wetness” or “dryness” of a martini is based on how much vermouth is used in the formula: the less vermouth, the drier the drink, and the “better” the quality of the cocktail. You can make a delicious martini, too!

1 2/3 oz gin
1/3 oz dry vermouth
1 olive 

Stir gin and vermouth with ice in a mixing glass.
Strain into a cocktail glass, add the olive, and serve in a stemmed cocktail glass.

So how do you like your martini’s? For other types of tini’s, check out our Chocolate Lover’s Martini and Salted Karamel Martini recipes.

We look forward to seeing you at Maggiano’s Little Italy for Happy Hour! We invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more recipes and ideas.

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