GIN MARTINI

GIN MARTINI HISTORY

The martini is a cocktail which is made up of gin and vermouth. The drink is most of the time garnished with an olive or a silver of lemon peel, which is helpful in describing it as ‘crisp’. Over last few years Gin martini has become one of the famous mixed alcoholic beverages.

Peeping into the history of this drink, there is a great story of its origin. In 1849, when there was California Gold Rush, a miner was returning to San Francisco. The Miner, in his journey to the first largest town Martinez, wanted to celebrate and there he entered the bar where he asked for a champagne which was not available. But in the bsence of the drink asked by the miner, bartender offered him another drink which he said was ‘Martinez Special’. The miner was impressed with that drink and he ordered that for his house in San Francisco. But the Bartender in San Francisco had not heard of that drink, so he asked the process for the preparation of that drink. The Miner explained it and then the Bartender prepared the drink and liked it too. Over the period of time, this drink got famous as ‘Martinez’ and when prepared with gin, it was known as Gin Martini.

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How is Gin Martini Recipe prepared? The Gin Martini is made by one part of very dry wine and three parts of gin, stirred with ice and finished with an olive and made in Martinez. All the ingredients are mixed in a very chilled cocktail shaker and then pour it into a cocktail glass. Along with the olive you can also add onion, lemon twist and maraschino cherry to create a great specialty drink from such an easy to made recipe.

To be getting into more detail of gin martini recipe, there is one Classic Gin Martini recipe. The Classic Gin Martini recipe contains two parts of gin, and one part of dry vermouth. The Classic Extra Dry Gin Martini recipe contains dry gin and few dash of dry vermouth. Another variant of gin martini is ‘the Classic Gin and It Martini recipe’, which contains equal parts of gin and vermouth.

Since the historical time when the Gin Martini recipe was started, it contains few facts and information. The gin martini recipe should be served as cold and chilled as possible. In the recipe of gin martini, the contents should be separately poured down in the shaker or container, over ice or according to the largest quantities. A Classic Dry Gin Martini recipe should be traditionally garnished with an olive or lemon peel. And when onion is used as a garnish, it makes the drink a Gibson. A Classic Sweet Martini Recipe should be garnished with maraschino cherry instead of an olive or lemon peel. And a modern Gin Martini recipe could use many varieties of colorful decorations like drink umbrellas, swizzle sticks, colored straws, cocktail sticks etc. along with these decorations you can also add much of crushed ice with the drink.

Gin Martini Recipe is a very great and famous drink. The name itself reflects the specialty of the drink. There is no special history associated with it but the fact that in 1860, the bartender ‘Jerry Thomas’ created the famous drink while working in Occidental hotel in San Francisco, when the Miner asked him to do so(as mentioned in the story above). The gin martini recipe has its own special name in the group of drinks available today.

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Classic Gin Martini
  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
  • orange or Angostura bitters (optional) 1

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired. Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.

James Bond Martini
  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lillet

Pour the gin, vodka and Lillet blanc into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon, and serve.

History of the James Bond 007 Gin Martini

Martini is a famous drink made from gin and vermouth. This special, drink Gin Martini has a very special bonding with the famous detective James Bond. Although in initial 22 movies, James bond is shown as having ‘vodka martini’, but in original novels of James Bond written by Ian Fleming, James bond always have Gin Martini.




“Shaken not stirred” is a famous phrase of Ian Fleming’s fictional character James Bond and he also lists his preference of how exactly he wants his drink to be prepared. Bond first ordered his drink to be shaken in Fleming’s novel Casino Royale, where he asks for a drink of his own invention which he would later name it as ‘vesper’, after the name of his girlfriend. The vesper was said to be different from the Gin Martini because it used both gin and vodka but instead of vermouth had Kina Lillet, and a lemon peel instead of an olive.

Many scientists have specially differentiated in Gin Martini which are shaken and that Gin Martini which are stirred. An Ian Fleming biographer believed that Fleming liked his gin Martinis shaken and not stirred because he thought that stirring diminishes the original flavor of the drink. Some of them believed that shaking Gin martini was a faux pas because shaking ‘bruises’ the gin but the main reason as why James bond preferred to keep his gin Martini shaken is because it also contained vodka, which were usually refined from cheap potatoes so it contained oil. To get that oil dispersed, Bond preferred to have his Gin Martini shaken and not stirred.

Another reason for shaking was that it also helped in making the drink colder. Shaking helps the drink to get mingled with ice longer and hence it makes it far colder than those when it gets stirred. Bond is very fond of gin Martinis. Throughout Ian Fleming’s novels, Bond has ordered 16 Gin Martinis. He also sometimes used to drink vodka Martinis but his preference was most of the time of the Gin Martini.

This famous phrase by James Bond, “Shaken not stirred” has been first uttered by the famous actor Sean Connery, in the movie ‘Gold finger’ released in the year 1964. Although this phrase is said to be first appeared in the novel of Ian Fleming titled ‘Diamonds are forever’. Since then, Bond films have used this phrase so many times but in different scenarios and sense. In the latest movie Casino Royale released in the year 2006, the Bond, played by Daniel Craig, is asked whether he would prefer a Gin Martini drink which is stirred or shaken, the reply from the Bond is “Do I look like I give a damn!”

Although in films, Mr. Bond is seen drinking Vodka Martinis but the literary James Bond drank only Gin Martinis. The fondness of Mr. Bond towards his drink is what made the Gin Martinis more famous as it was treated as a drink which was loved by James Bond. And sometimes it is also called ‘James Bond 007 gin Martini’.

French Martini
  • 2 oz. Citadelle Gin ½ oz. of Vermouth Garnish with an Olive

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Gin Quote: “The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.” – Bernard DeVoto

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