Birthplace of the Martini
Alhambra & Masonic, Martinez
Carter Wilson
Additional Info : The Martini, Plaquing Photo, Herb Caen Invite

BIRTHPLACE OF THE MARTINI

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, POURED 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.”

DEDICATED APRIL 11, 1992
JOAQUIN MURRIETA CHAPTER 13
E CLAMPUS VITUS