By Aly Tanner

June 19th is National Martini Day!

Although the exact origin of the martini is unknown, this iconic drink 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 martini lovers include: John D. Rockefeller, Humphrey Bogart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.

Celebrate by grabbing a drink at a martini spot in Cleveland! Click the link below!

HERE’S THE 15 BEST PLACES TO GET MARTINIS IN CLEVELAND

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