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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."
 
Erected 1992 by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martinez CA 94553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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
are within walking distance of this marker. 700 Alhambra (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hilson's (about 800 feet away); State Theatre (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); 415 Escobar (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .  The Martini Story. The City of Martinez' telling of the origin of the martini, along with some related lore. (Submitted on November 12, 2009.) 
 
A Martini image. Click for full size.
Hayford Peirce, via Wikipedia Commons, 2009
3. A Martini
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,077 times since then and 66 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. It was the Marker of the Week July 20, 2014. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on July 15, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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