No, a particular super spy’s got nothing to do with this. According to legend, the martini was created in the 1860s when a miner from Martinez, California, asked for a drink that would quench his thirst after a hard day of labour. The bartender made him a cocktail he christened after his town – a boozy blend of vermouth, gin, bitters, sugar syrup and maraschino liqueur. After knocking a couple back, the miner could no longer pronounce the ‘z’ and thus was the martini born.
The perfect mix
A vodka martini, shaken, not stirred, may be James Bond’s beverage of choice, but the quintessential martini is only made with gin and vermouth. Oh, and appletinis and their ilk don’t deserve to be called martinis, either.Try it at
With over 100 labels of gin sitting slick behind the counter, Cin Cin
lets you have a martini your way. Let the bartender know your choice of gin and if you prefer a sweet, medium or dry vermouth. The signature Cin Cin Martini ($20) stars a Togarashi-infused Lillet Blanc, which adds a subtle note of heat to the drink.