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Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Birthplace of The Martini

 
 
Birthplace of the Martini Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
1. Birthplace of the Martini Marker
Inscription. On this site in 1874, Julio Richelieu, bartender, served up the first martini when a miner came into his saloon with a fistful of nuggets and asked for something special. He was served a "Martinez Special." After three or four drinks, however, the "Z" would get very much in the way. The drink consisted of 2/3 gin, 1/3 vermouth, a dash of orange bitters, served over crushed ice and served with an olive.

Humorist James Thurber once said, "One is alright, two is too many, and three is not enough."
April 11, 1992
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13
E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 1992 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 0.892′ N, 122° 8.194′ W. Marker is in Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Masonic Street, on the right when traveling north on Alhambra Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilson's (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Theatre
Birthplace of the Martini Marker. Looking along Alhambra Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 8, 2009
2. Birthplace of the Martini Marker. Looking along Alhambra Avenue
(approx. 0.2 miles away); City Hall Apartment Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The National Bank of Martinez (approx. 0.2 miles away); 736 Ferry Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); McNamara-McMahon Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rankin Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Martinez.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a stone monument situated on the northeast corner of the intersection of Alhambra Avenue and Masonic Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Martini Story. The City of Martinez' telling of the origin of the martini, along with some related lore. (Submitted on November 12, 2009.) 

2. History of the Martini. Martiniart.com's potted history of the drink. (Submitted on November 12, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsScience & Medicine
 
A Martini image. Click for full size.
Hayford Peirce, via Wikipedia Commons, 2009
3. A Martini
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,716 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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