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Shake It Up For National Martini Day, New Canaan

National Martini Day is on Sunday.
National Martini Day is on Sunday. Photo Credit: Cindy Capitani/123RF Stock

Shaken or stirred, made with traditional gin or the more trendy vodka, say cheers to National Martini Day on Sunday, celebrated every year on June 19.

The first printed recipe for a “Martinez” cocktail appeared in a bartending manual published in San Francisco in 1887, according to Punchbowl.

Bartender Julio Richelieu is said to have made the first martini in Martinez, Calif. in 1874, for a coal miner who wanted something special.

Julio Richelieu Day is celebrated in Martinez, Calif. on Sept. 6 and the city celebrates martini month.

The traditional recipe calls for a dash of bitters, 2 dashes maraschino liqueur, 1 pony (55ml) gin, 1 wine glass vermouth (15ml) and a slice of lemon.

A dirty martini is made with a splash of olive brine or olive juice and is garnished olives.

Aside from the iconic James Bond -- who preferred his shaken, not stirred -- there's a long list of famous martini drinkers.

Humphrey Bogart was a martini drinker, as was Jackie Gleason, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable and W.C. Fields.

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