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National Martini Day

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National Martini Day

Described by writer H. L. Mencken as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”, the martini has been a classic for almost 100 years. In order to celebrate this timeless drink, June 19th is recognized each year as National Martini Day. Whether this is your go-to drink at a bar or you’re a fan of mixing up martinis at home, raise a glass (or two or three) this June 19th in honor of National Martini Day!

History of the Martini

While the exact history of the martini is somewhat unclear, there’s no doubt that this cocktail has been a favorite for a long time. One theory suggests that the name originated from a brand of vermouth while another theory speculates that the name is a shortened version of a popular drink known as the Martinez, served in San Francisco in the 1860s. As time progressed, the cocktail has seen many variations and additions. Martinis typically come in a few different classic forms with the most standard recipe, known as a dry martini, being two parts dry gin and one part dry vermouth. Wet martinis contain more vermouth and dirty martinis often have a splash of olive juice and an olive for garnishing. 

Make Your Own Martini

Crafting up a martini is one of the easiest mixed alcoholic beverages to make. With only a few ingredients, you can whip this classy drink up in no time. In this recipe, we trade gin for vodka and garnish it with olives.


  • 2 1/2 oz. Dumplin Creek Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. olive juice
  • 3 olives for garnishing


Add the vodka, vermouth, olive juice, and ice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Place the olives in a martini glass and strain the contents into the glass. Serve and enjoy!

Celebrate National Martini Day with Old Tennessee Distilling Company’s $5 cocktails all day, every day! If you’re low on ingredients, stop by our store to restock on your favorite spirits. Head to our website to explore everything we have to offer and be sure to show us your martini creations by tagging us on social media!

Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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