In the 1888 Bartender’s Manual there was a recipe for a drink that consisted of half a wine glass of Old Tom Gin and a half a wine glass of vermouth.
In 1863, an Italian vermouth maker started marketing their product under the brand name of Martini.
Another popular theory suggests it evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez served at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco sometime in the early 1860s.
The people of Martinez say the drink was first created by a bartender in their town.
Another theory links the first dry martini to the name of a bartender who concocted the drink at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City in 1911.
The self-styled Court of Historical Review in San Francisco ruled that the martini was invented in San Francisco. A court in Martinez, California, recently overturned this decision.
No one can really say where and when the Martini was first introduced to the world, but during Prohibition, the martini became the predominant cocktail of the mid 20th century in the United States due to the fact that it was relatively easy to manufacture illegal gin.
So now that we’ve wet your whistle, here is The Cento Club Martini recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation.
So drink up, friends and stop by The Cento Club to toast to the creator if this timeless cocktail (whoever that may be).