A chilled, crystal glass; the purest gin; a touch of dry
vermouth--vigorously shaken, not stirred--and a plump, green olive.
The martini was and still is more than just a cocktail. Originally
mixed in the nineteenth century, it became an American icon in the
twentieth, and the favorite drink of such luminaries as Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway.
Bernard De Voto called the martini "the supreme American gift to
world culture," while H. L. Mencken declared it "the only American
invention as perfect as a sonnet."
The first book of its kind to explore the drink''s wide appeal,
this volume serves up a fabulous cocktail of martini-inspired art,
cartoons, collectibles, advertisements, and film stills that reveal
how deeply this classic has permeated every aspect of American
culture, from literature and film to politics and high society.
Complete with bartending lore, traditional martini recipes,
literary excerpts, memorable scenes from James Bond movies, and
more, "The Martini "offers a toast to this intoxicating symbol of
the American dream.