Here are some trivia and fun facts about Martini glasses that you may not know. Share this with friends and family whilst enjoying Martini cocktails. It will certainly add pizazz to a fun-filled evening.
1. The name Martini was derived from the city of Martinez, California circa 1887.
2. Early manuals for mixing cocktails in the latter part of 1800s suggest that a Martinez cocktail is made out of sweet Vermouth, gin, bitters and topped with a cherry instead of an olive.
3. The first official mention of Martini was in The New and Improved Illustrated Bartending Manual in 1888.
4. The slim stem of a Martini glass was designed in such a way so that your hand would not come in direct contact with the bowl containing the liquids.
5. If your hand comes in contact with the contents inside (via the Martini bowl), the warmth radiated will destroy the drink’s flavor and render it flat.
6. The Martini drink has along the years, become a symbol for elegant nightlife in general; this is why many American bars frequently display photographs of the conical-shaped glass for Martinis with an olive oil on their signage.
7. Sales of Martini glasses hit the roof after the drink was popularized in James Bond movies. The term “shaken not stirred” became an enduring catch phrase.
8. It is said that prominent figures like Frank Sinatra, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchill and F, Scott Fitzgerald drank their Martinis from classic Martini glasses.
9. The ample open top of the Martini glass is claimed to construct surface tension that conveys the bouquet of the gin and fashion an elegant exhibit for the olive garnish than a typical cocktail glass.
10. Ever wondered about the cone shape of a Martini glass? This is to keep the drink’s ingredients from separating.
11. Many believe that the Martini glass was invented during the Prohibition era; the wide cavity of the glass made it effortless to dispose of the banned alcohol during a police incursion.
12. Even from the Martini glass’s early days, its characteristic shape was meant to be both functional and visually alluring.
13. The Martini glass is the most well known type amongst all cocktail glasses.
14. The Martini glass is infamous because of its unique shape. The tip of the cone outlines an estimated 90 degree perspective at its cross section. Its sharp tapers make it different from other cocktail glasses.
15. An ideal Martini glass is 4 ounces. 6 and 8 ounce glasses are also popular for serving more contemporary mixtures.
16. Martini aficionados firmly believe that a perfect Martini drink must be served in a 4 ounce glass.
17. One very fashionable accessory to accompany a Martini glass is the stir sticks featuring glass olives.
18. Stemware charms are also popular. These charms are tenured to the stems of the Martini glasses so guests may recognize their drinks.
19. Because of the resurgence of Martini cocktails, Martini glass kits have become one of the most coveted gifts.