"Ray Foley is known as the bartender's bartender. Leave it to him to take the mystery out of mixology!" --Legendary spirits master, author, and marketer Michel Roux
Bartenders don't rely on just anyone to create the most classic American drink. They turn to Bartender Magazine, published by thirty-year industry veteran Ray Foley, trusted by more than 150,000 barkeeps. Now, you can get your martinis straight from the top--from Bartender and the best mix masters across America. From sophisticated to fun, this is the only martini book you'll ever need.
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August 31, 2010
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Excerpt from The Ultimate Little Martini Book by Ray Foley
A Short History of the Origins of the Martini
Nobody is quite sure how the martini came into existence, but there are a few interesting theories...
* First made by bartender professor Jerry Thomas of San Francisco for a stranger on his way to Martinez. Thomas made it with gin, vermouth, bitters, and a dash of maraschino.
* First made by a bartender in Martinez, California, for a gold miner who struck it rich. The miner ordered champagne for the house, but there was none. The bartender offered something better--the "Martinez Special"-- made with sauterne and gin. The rich miner spread the word, ordering "Martinez Specials" throughout California.
* First made at the Knickerbocker Hotel in the early 1900s by a bartender named Martini di Arma Tiggia. He is said to have mixed a martini using only dry gin and only dry vermouth.
* Named after the British army rifle called The Martini and Henry. The rifle was known for its kick, like the first sip of gin and "it" ("it" being vermouth).
* Named after Martini & Rossi vermouth, because it was first used in the drink, gin and "it," with ? gin and 1/2 Martini & Rossi vermouth.
* All recipes have been alphabetized for your convenience.
* All recipes have been indexed by name and by alcohol for your convenience.
* Shake, stir, swirl, strain, or whatever. It's really up to you.
* Brand names are interchangeable for the same type of alcohol. Nobody will come to hunt you down--you can use Stoli, Absolut, or Skyy vodka even if the recipe calls for Skyy vodka.
* Some drinks (not many) have the same ingredients, but different brand names--pick your favorite.
* Always use the highest quality ingredients possible.
* If you have trouble finding an ingredient, omit it and go on with your life.
* If the recipe does not have measurements, use your own taste.
* French vermouth is white and dry; Italian vermouth is red and sweet.
* We do not recommend flaming a drink.
* Don't drink and drive.
* For more information, visit www.bartender.com.
* Have a great life and enjoy your martinis. All recipes with this icon have been submitted by one of America's top bartenders. Enjoy!
Publisher's Note: This book and the recipes contained herein are intended for those of a legal drinking age. Please drink responsibly and ensure you and your guests have a designated driver when consuming alcoholic beverages.