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The small town of Martinez, California, proclaimed that bartender Julio Richelieu mixed the first Martinez-a small drink with an olive dropped in it-which became the Martini. Richelieu left for San Francisco, making the Martinez his specialty. This was prior to 1887. In fact, Jerry Thomas had included a Gin Cocktail that resembled the Martini in The Bon Vivant's Guide, published in 1862. By 1887, the gin cocktail had become the Martinez, and Thomas was claiming credit. The myth continues: a traveler walked into the San Francisco Occidental Hotel bar and Thomas mixed him the first Martinez. But the people of Martinez claim the traveler was on his way to San Francisco from Julio's bar. Richelieu mixed the cocktail for him so he could get change from a gold nugget-to buy a bottle of whiskey. In 1929, the town erected a brass plaque stating that Martinez was the birthplace of the Martini.
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Three people can legitimately lay claim to creating the Cosmopolitan. Bartender Cheryl Cook came up with the original formula in 1985 when she worked at a bar called The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. She used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.”
Not long after that, in New York City, Toby Cecchini, who was working behind the stick at The Odeon restaurant in TriBeCa, tweaked the recipe by replacing the Rose’s with fresh lime juice. Dale DeGroff did more or less the exact same thing at the famed Rainbow Room. Both of these joints catered to celebrities, and the drink really took off. Read More »

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