Like that of many cocktails, there are a number of origin stories for the martini. While it may impossible to confirm the veracity of the following stories, they are entertaining nonetheless, and we can’t thank whoever invented the cocktail enough. Without the martini, we wouldn’t have the Tequila Martini!
One story traces the martini’s origins to Martini di Arma di Taggia, a bartender at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City prior to World War I. His cocktail blended London dry gin, Noilly Prat Vermouth and orange bitters – similar to the modern-day Martini. Another story places the origin in 1863, with Martini & Rossi, an Italian sweet vermouth, that customers would have ordered alongside gin. A “gin and martini” may have evolved into the martini, a likely theory given the simplicity of cocktail names during the 19th century.
The city of Martinez, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, claims the predecessor of the Martini was created by a local bartender named Julio Richelieu when a miner, who’d recently struck it rich during the California Gold Rush, asked for a glass of champagne. Without any in town, Julio Richelieu whipped up a “Martinez Special”, a drink the miner recalled the next day having exceeded his expectations. When he tried to order it in San Francisco, the bartender – obviously never having prepared a “Martinez Special” before – created one with one-part dry wine and three parts gin. Yet another claims the drink was named after the strong recoil of the Martini & Henry rifle, in use by the British Army between 1870 and 1890. Wherever and whenever the martini was truly first created, it took years before the ratio of dry vermouth to gin reached a more modern level. A traditional martini is made with gin and dry vermouth at a 1:1 ratio and served cold with a green olive or lemon garnish. The level of gin has increased with regularity over the years, with personal taste and subjectivity requesting ratios of 3 or 5:1, gin to vermouth.
While there isn’t a clear story on how Tequila came to replace gin as the standout spirit of the traditional martini, there’s no doubt that it is a variation on the classic cocktail worth a taste. The Tequila Martini substitutes gin with Blanco Tequila, keeps the dry vermouth, and adds a lime garnish. You’ll find the natural citrus and herbal flavors of our never-aged organic Blanco Tequila are well-balanced by the dry vermouth. For a hot summer day, this cool cocktail will keep you feeling refreshed (and ready for a fiesta).
Taco Tuesday calls for something new. Tonight, while chowing down on some succulent al pastor or some spicy carnitas, refresh yourself with a surprisingly delicious Tres Agaves Avocado Margarita. This recipe, brought to you from the Tequila Ninja himself, is one of the most unique ways to consume Tequila, but also one of the tastiest.
Summer is the perfect time for avocados and fresh herbs, so why not toss them in your mixing tin or blender for a wonderfully creamy cocktail. Now the only question is do you have guacamole with your margarita??
If you’re in one of the eight states that are holding elections today, we know you may have had to make some tough decisions. At Tres Agaves, we’re used to that. We frequently find ourselves wondering, should we make a Manhattan Mexicano with Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila, or a Paloma with Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila?
We know, we know, after all the thinking that goes in to voting in state and local elections, who has time to make another difficult choice? Luckily you have us here at Tres Agaves to help you out. The obvious choice is… well, we don’t know either. We just know that you can’t go wrong with either one.
So make yourself a cocktail and celebrate the fact that you don’t have to worry about voting for another four months. FOUR MONTHS?? How is that even possible? Maybe we’ll treat ourselves to two drinks tonight.
Since it doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup or any other natural ingredients, it won’t leave you feeling sticky and gross after. Plus, a little shaking is the perfect amount of exercise for a Tuesday night. And definitely don’t forget the fresh lime juice!
Here’s to hoping everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day, and cheers to the summer. We’re happy to have you enjoying it with Tres Agaves Tequila and Tres Agaves Organic Cocktail Mixers. ¡Salud!
In the mood for a margarita? Feeling nostalgic about National Margarita Day? Why not use Throwback Thursday as an excuse to revisit our favorite February holiday with this awesome recipe from Community Table. It takes our award-winning Añejo Tequila and packs a little more kick than a traditional margarita.
When you make it, take a picture and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #TresAgaves for a chance to be featured on our channels!
“Homemade pomelo margarita with fresh pomelo & lime juice, tres agaves tequila & orange liqueur. Shaken not stirred, rimmed with pink Himalayan salt & garnished with lime.” via @chouchoufille on Insta. Can you say YUM!?