Stirred or Shaken? Who Cares? It’s National Martini Day

June 19, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

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.

cocktail sl 1120227 x Stirred or Shaken? Who Cares? Its National Martini Day

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.

Wayne’s French 75
3 tablespoons brandy
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
Crushed ice cubes
1 lemon wedge
1 small lemon rind twist
1/2 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
Preparation: Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker or martini shaker. Cover with lid, and shake 30 seconds or until thoroughly chilled. Remove lid, and strain into a martini glass. Squeeze juice from lemon wedge into glass; rub lemon rind twist around rim, and drop into glass. Add Champagne to brandy mixture, and serve immediately. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cognac for brandy and Cointreau for orange liqueur.


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