June 19th is National Martini Day and we at 3 Sons Italian think it’s the perfect time to celebrate this delicious and versatile cocktail! And although the history of the drink is debatable, both origin stories have one thing in common: Italians!

Two martini origin stories

According to Punchbowl.com, one version lists the genesis of the martini as 1911. The story credits a bartender in New York City—an Italian immigrant named Martini di Arma di Taggia—with serving a cocktail made of gin, vermouth, orange bitters and an olive garnish. The drink caught on with Manhattan socialites and eventually spread throughout the country.

Another account comes from the Museum of the American Cocktail in New York. According to the museum’s secretary, Robert Hess, the drink may have gotten its name from Martini and Rossi Italian vermouth. (The company started marketing its vermouth under the name Martini in 1863.) “A customer asks for a ‘Martini’ cocktail because it utilized that product, much as they might ask for a ‘sherry’ cocktail in those days if they wanted a cocktail which used sherry,” explains Hess.

Regardless of how the martini came to be, there are plenty of people who agree it’s a perfect combination to help you unwind after a long day!

Our martinis at 3 Sons Italian

At 3 Sons Italian, we’ve got three delicious martini options to choose from:

  • The Pomegranate Martini

We shake vodka, triple sec, pomegranate juice and lime juice and then pour it into a chilled martini glass.

  • The Limoncello Martini

We combine the famous Southern Italian liqueur, Limoncello, with vodka and lemon juice, then shake it and pour it into a chilled martini glass.

  • The Godfather Martini

Made with Grey Goose Vodka, and Bombay Sapphire Gin, this delicious imbibement is garnished with gorgonzola-stuffed olives.

Stop by today and let us make you a tasty martini!

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