Martini Culture

“The martini is the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”

HL Mencken

Has any other drink created such a web of stories, perception and intrigue within such a short timeframe of history?

I must remind my readers that this is a truly American drink. It is an icon of civilised Americana.

But also remember that her earliest pioneers included immigrants to the United States, and the magic of this drink has spread across the world, to be interpreted and subtly changed with light touches and cultural interpretations from city to city.