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"There's no denying the MARTINI is icon. Ick. Do something for you, Mr. bond just drink about teeny shaken not stirred, of course, there's JAMES BOND, and it even has its own emoji. But just exactly where the cocktail was invented. How it got its name? Even what it's made of. That's where things get muddled here with our next installment of the Golden State plate series is Bianca Taylor. All right. I'm gonna make a MARTINI. Cocktail the way we do here at bull valley road house. And it's two parts of this old Tom gin, which is sweeter chin. The two inches of this in in the year. I'm with bar manager to near ben-shalom at the bowl valley road house in this tiny East Bay town of port Kosta, exactly half of that one of our Torino vermouth bland, what's the perspective? You've how to me? It was the MARTINI. Martini to me or makes a mean drink. But when I start asking him more and more questions about where the MARTINI comes from. He tells me I really just need to get in my car and drive twenty minutes down to Martinez. I'm standing on the corner of may sonic, and I'll hamburger streets, and there's a lot on a giant boulder in a parking lot, basically. And it says birthplace of the MARTINI. So not only does Martinez lay claim to the drink with a plaque. It throws an annual MARTINI festival, and the drinks origin story is all over the city is official website. But Gabriel close a San Francisco bartend. Nder who collects and studies old cocktail recipes? He says there's actually a lot of controversy about where and who invented the MARTINI is origins are. So murky a drink. It's not like entered into the public record. According to the plaque. The Martinez story goes like this. On this site in eighteen seventy four a bartender served up the first MARTINI when a minor came into his saloon with a fistful enoug-. It's and ask for something special. He was served a Martinez special after three or four drinks. However, the Z would get very much in the way the drink consisted of two-thirds gin one third vermouth a dash of orange bidders poured over crushed ice and served with an olive. But Gabriel tells me a really similar story. It also takes place in the eighteen seventies. But this time it happens in San Francisco. It starts with a minor who comes into a bar Oxydental hotel with a sack of gold, and he wants to trade it in for a bottle of whisky, so bartender. Jerry Thomas gives them the whiskey and to special drink that he just made up off the cuff to call it. The Martinez and eighteen eighty seven the recipe for the Martinez was documented for the very first time in. Jerry, Thomas's bartenders got it on his recipe. Looks a lot like the classic MARTINI. And here we've got the old Tom gin and vermouth. This is one part old Tom two parts. Vermouth? Jennifer Kallio is an award winning bartender and a self-proclaimed cocktail nerd, I like the MARTINI because I love I love all the stories. And I love that. There's this Eric mystery to it h l Mencken called the MARTINI. The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. She loves martinis so much. She's made a spreadsheet the documents all of them are teenage variations that she's found over the years. It's like four hundred sixty nine entries. Some of the drinks are made with the exact same recipe. But they have different names. We've got the Chris racquet club, the Dewey, the dry MARTINI, the Marguerite, and the Nutting all those are made with the same ingredients one to one gin and driver move with orange bidders. So which one is the right one. There is nothing. Empirical here there are people writing other people's recipes there are people naming drinks after themselves or after the bars, they work in this explains. Why it's so hard to nail down the difference between Martinez and a MARTINI. Let alone figure out where it was invented. But regardless of what it was called. It's very obvious that emerged teeny style. Gin drink was really popular at the turn of the century. People. Always drank whatever they had around and. You know when America was being settled, there's a lot of gin here and that wasn't an accident.."