The martini is said to be an evolution of the Martinez. During the Gold Rush in California during the mid 1800’s, a gold miner who had recently struck it rich decided to celebrate his good fortune at a local bar in the town on Martinez. The bartender didn’t have Champagne, and so concocted a new drink with ingredients available: gin, vermouth, bitters, maraschino liqueur and a slice of lemon. The Martinez was born, and later refined to become the Martini.
30ml Poor Toms Fool’s Cut Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice
Chill and dilute to taste
Strain into large tumbler and garnish with either olives or lemon button
The most widely reported version of this drink’s origins is that it was invented at Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919. Legend tells that Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend (bartender) to strengthen his favourite cocktail the Americano by replacing soda water with gin.
The inspiration for the title was apparently a 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and Americans in World War 1. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by just such a weapon.
Ingredients 30ml Poor Toms Sydney Gin
15ml Lemon Juice
15ml Sugar Syrup
Top with sparkling wine