One of the most fascinating presentations at last summer’s Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans was the one Robert “DrinkBoy” Hess hosted on the history of the martini.History of the martini? Didn’t someone once simply fill a glass with gin, spritz some vermouth over the top and call it a very fine day? What’s so historic about that?Were it true, not much. But fortunately for the story, there is significantly more to the development of what is now viewed as the archetypal cocktail, ...

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