Martini (vermouth)

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Martini
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Type Vermouth
Manufacturer Alessandro Martini, Luigi Rossi and Teofilo Sola
Country of origin Italy
Martini Extra Dry

Martini is a brand of Italian vermouth, named after the Martini & Rossi Distilleria Nazionale di Spirito di Vino, in Turin.

History[edit]

Clemente Michel, Carlo Re, Carlo Agnelli ed Eligio Baudino started the company in the 1847 as a vermouth bottling plant in Pessione. A few years later Alessandro Martini joined the team, becoming the director in 1863 along with Teofilo Sola, and Luigi Rossi (who was the inventor of a vermouth). In 1863 they changed the company name to Martini, Sola & Cia. They started exporting the bottles of vermouth around the world. New York city was given its first crates in 1867. At the same time the firm was awarded a good many prizes, which are still proudly recorded on the bottles: Dublin (1865), Paris (1867 and 1878), Vienna (1873) and Philadelphia (1876). Just thirty years after its creation, Martini was drunk in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Egypt and other countries. In 1879 the Sola family sold its interests to the remaining partners, who renamed the company Martini & Rossi, as it stands today.

The brand may have given the American martini vermouth and gin cocktail its name (a first recipe of which is known from 1888), though other speculations on the cocktail's etymology exist.[1][2]

In 1892 the business was taken over by Rossi's four sons: control passed to his grandsons in 1930. In 1929 the Martini Ball & Bar logo was registered for the first time. Restructuring was carried out in 1977 resulting in the creation of the General Beverage Corporation. In 1992 Martini & Rossi merged with Bacardi. “Martini is the world's fourth most powerful ‘spirit’ brand” according to a survey of the situation in 2006.[3]

Drinks[edit]

Martini is made from four ingredients: wine, botanicals, sugar and alcohol

  • Martini Rosso - 1863
  • Martini Extra Dry - This was launched on New Year's Day 1900
  • Martini Bianco - 1910
  • Martini Rosato
  • Martini D’Oro - 1998
  • Martini Fiero
  • Martini Soda
  • Martini Riserva Monterela
  • Martini Bitter
  • Martini Brut
  • Martini Rosé
  • Martini Dolce
  • Martini Prosecco
  • Martini Asti
  • Martini Gold by Dolce&Gabbana
  • Martini Royale

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