Shaken or stirred?


Like many urban icons, the origin of the Martini has many anecdotes speculating who was responsible for James Bond’s favorite drink creation.

One theory is that a bartender in Martinez, Ca. first assembled the ingredients for the clear elixir, though his recipe differs from today’s classic.

It is reputed that Martini and Rossi Vermouth was mixed with gin and, eventually, became known as the Martini.

Of course, New York has its own version of the tale. It tells of the potent cocktail being concocted by a bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Hence, the boozy drink was named after him.

One of these, or none of these legends, may have been the origin. However, Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain, area Masters of Mixology will go head to head, offering the best in Martini creations at “Martini’s in May.”

This is the fourth year for this ever-popular event and advance tickets have sold out. There will be more than 12 Martinis offered for sampling and participants vote for their favorites.

This year’s celebrity Judge is Tourism Secretary, Stephanie Klett. Cedaroma Lodge will present the People's Choice Martini Making Award and Elbert’s Resort and Condos will present the Judge's Choice Martini Making Award.

Whitetail Inn will provide a large variety of delicious hot hors d’oeuvres and there will be live music played all evening from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m

Martini sampling will be available from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with the winning results announced by 10:00 p.m.

If there are any tickets available at the door, the cost is $40.00 for Martini sampling and designated driver tickets are $25.00.

The event is presented by: The St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, Three Olives Vodka, Kraken 70 Rum, Boodles Gin, Proximo Spirits, Break Thru Beverage, Meyer Insurance, Wilson Mutual Insurance and the Whitetail Inn.

So join in on the bygone days of the Rat Pack, John D. Rockefeller, and the ever-so debonaire James Bond, and enjoy a social evening sipping, chatting and even dancing — inspired by the heady libation, the Martini.

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