At the end of a hot Southern summer week, our thoughts start to turn to ice-cold drinks and bare feet. This Friday, there’s an additional reason to celebrate: it’s National Martini Day.
But this brings up a debate: what, exactly is a Martini? Are those sweet drinks with graham cracker rims (like this Gingerbread Martini recipe we love) really a Martini? Should you shake or stir? Where does the Martini come from? (According to an article by cocktail historian David Wondrich, many theories exist, but there is no one definitive origin story.) We could take sides and debate all of these important issues, but it’s just too hot.
So I’d like to propose that everyone stop worrying about shaken/stirred, gin/vodka, sweet/dry, and kick back and make our Wayne’s French 75. I know this isn’t, strictly speaking, a Martini, but hey, we just agreed to stop worrying about that. But it’s summer, lemon and bubbly are refreshing, and like I always say, when life gives you lemons, make a French 75.