History of the Martini

Tequila Martini made with organic 100% de agave cocktail

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).  

Tequila Martini

Tequila Martini

Recipe:

Instructions:

  • Pour organic Blanco Tequila and dry vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime twist and enjoy!

Tres Agaves and the NBA Finals

Agave Nectar Margarita

Many say that running back the NBA Finals match up of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth time (hey, what can we say, our lucky number is tres!), but regardless of your opinion, you can keep things fresh with Tres Agaves Organic Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar.

Our Nectar is perfect for cocktails as it dissolves easily, even in cold beverages. So grab some fresh fruit and make yourself any number of our delicious cocktails. Drink in hand, there’s no way you won’t enjoy game one. Or change the channel and check out the Stanley Cup Finals! We don’t care what you watch, as long as you’re using fresh fruit juice in your cocktails!

However, we’re a Bay Area brand, so we’ll always say “Go Warriors!”

Tequila Education

Agave machine

At Tres Agaves, we use a 4 stage roller mill to crush the agaves and extract the sugars. While we remain traditional with our practices, we like to use modern equipment to provide you with the best tequila.

Strawberry Margarita Recipe here.

Strawberry Margaritas

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen strawberries
1 tbsp sugar or 1 tsp Tres Agaves Nectar
¼ cup water
4 oz Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
3 oz triple sec
2 limes, juiced
ice
salt

Directions

to make strawberry syrup combine frozen strawberries, sugar and water in a small pot over low to medium heat. Continue to cook on low for about 30 minutes until strawberries have broken down and mixture is thick.

Remove from the stove, pour into container and refrigerate until chilled.

To make the margaritas, add about a third cup of the strawberry syrup to a cocktail shaker, The more you add the sweeter the cocktail will be.  Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice.

Shake ingredients well and pour mixture  into two glasses, rimmed with salt if you like.

Makes: 2 servings

❋ Organic Agave Nectar ❋

The original and only organic agave sweetener created specifically for Margaritas and other mixed drinks.

▲ Measures, pours, and dissolves easily
▲ Only 60 Calories Per Serving
▲ Contains NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
▲ Low Glycemic Index

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Agave Nector

Our Organic Agave Nectar has only 60 calories per serving! For every cup of sugar called for in a recipe, substitute 2/3 cup agave and decrease other liquid by 1/4 cup.