Martini Tussle Tonight!
Tonight - from Martinez to LoDo, Liquid Therapy researches and enjoys the magic of the martini!
"The martini is Sean Connery in Marnie, Audrey Hepburn in any film, and somehow, always, Frank Sinatra. It's the remnant of an era we desperately miss...when beef was a staple, nobody wore seatbelts and people smoked on TV."
The Martini began in 1863, at a prominent address in San Francisco's Barbary Coast known as The Occidental Hotel. The principle barman was Professor Jerry Thomas, master mixologist and author of The Bon Vivant's Companion, published in 1862 and the first guide to mixing cocktails.
He took his craft quite seriously and didn't advocate or tolerate excess of any kind. His patrons were dubbed "patients" and he was a master of turning the bathtub gin and rotgut spirits of the day into palatable tonics The martini was born in San Francisco when a patron, bound for Martinez on the ferry, asked Professor Thomas for something to ward off the chill during the ride.
The result was a wineglass measure of gin, splash of vermouth, and a maraschino cherry, shaken and served up. This concoction became known as a Martinez. Eventually as the quality of gin improved, an olive was substituted for the cherry and the modern Martini was born.