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Origin of martini
- Alteration of earlier Martinez (probably influenced by Martini & Rossi trademark for a brand of vermouth) perhaps after Martinez a city in western California where it was supposedly invented in the mid-1800s
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- In the sense “cocktail with vermouth and either gin or vodka", coined in America in the 19th or 20th century, for which various theories exist - perhaps named for the Italian brand of vermouth, perhaps after Martinez, California, perhaps after an Italian bartender of that name.
- Martini is an Italian name, and in the sense of vermouth is used by the Italian company Martini e Rossi.
- Named for Frédéric de Martini (1832-97), Hungarian-born Swiss inventor.
- See Martini.