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Bars across the country celebrate National Martini Day

Whether you drink it stirred not shaken, with olives or a twist go out and order a martini tomorrow, (Thursday June 19)for National Martini Day. Bartenders around the country, like at Bar Louie in Texas, will be mixing up martini madness menus for fans of the popular adult beverage.

Martini from Chef Mavro Honolulu
Richard Pietschmann
A martini at Maui's Andaz Hotel
Richard Pietschmann

Bar Louie, an eclectic urban “Cheers” like joint, made famous for handcrafted signature martinis in the 1990s pours 15 cutting-edge selections to drink while eanjoying flatbreads, salads, burgers and sandwiches. There’s also plenty of beer, wines, mojitos and margaritas on tap.

Bar Louie is open daily for lunch, dinner and late night dining Monday through Sunday with entire menu available until last call. For more information on Bar Louie visit www.barlouieamerica.com.

Martini backstory

According to www.punchbowl.com the exact origin of the martini is unknown. The iconic drink, however, has earned a permanent place in the pantheon of classic cocktails. The first printed recipe for a “Martinez” cocktail appeared in a bartending manual published in San Francisco in 1887. However, historians disagree over whether the beverage actually originated on the West Coast. In 1911, a New York City bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia began serving a cocktail made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and an olive garnish. The martini gained widespread popularity among Manhattan socialites, and has been associated with New York ever since.

Today, 50% of all cocktails are served in a martini glass. Some of the most famous (historical and fictional) martini lovers include: John D. Rockefeller, Humphrey Bogart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.

To celebrate National Martini Day, enjoy a refreshing martini in the company of friends. Mix up the classic or try this lemon basil martini recipe. Cheers to that!