Martini literature

Martini books

  • Silver Bullet: The Martini in American Civilization, by Lowell Edmunds, 1981. Link
  • Martini Straight up, by Lowell Edmunds, 2003. Link
  • Shaken and Stirred: Through the Martini Glass and Other Drinking Adventures, by William L. Hamilton, 2004. Link
  • The Martini Companion, by Gary Regan, 1997. Link
  • Stirred, Not Shaken: The Dry Martini, by John Doxat, 1976. Link
  • The Martini: An Illustrated History of an American Classic, by Barnaby Conrad III, 1995. Link
  • Shaken not Stirred, by Anastasia Miller and Jaren M. Brown, 1997. Link
  • The Little Black Book of Martinis: The Essential Guide to the King of Cocktails, By Nannette Stone, 2004. Link
  • The Martini Deck: 50 Straight-Up Fabulous Recipes, by Mittie Hellmich, 2007. Link
  • Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis, 1983.  Link
  • The hour, by Bernard DeVoto. Buy here.

Martini articles

  • American Standard Safety Code and Requirements for Dry Martinis (1966). Approved by the American Standards Association: “The need for an American Standard Dry Martini has been widely recognised by many sectors of the manifacturing, distributing and consuming public since the martini cocktail’s appearance”.  Link
  • Martini Cocktail, by Peter Tamony, 1967. An old article from “Western Words” discussing the origin theories of the Martini from a historical viewpoint. Link
  • Shaken, not stirred: bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activities of martinis, by Trevithick et al., 1999. Famous article where the difference between shaking and stirring is discussed from a purely scientific point of view, with an ironic twist. Genial. Link to the original article, to an article commenting the research results, and to another.
  • The Coming of the Martini: An Annotated Timeline by David Wondrich, 2018. The most complete and  sensible article on the origins and history of the Martini I was able to found. Link
  • There Is Something About A Martini, by Max Rudin, 1997. A brilliant history of the martini with plenty of cultural facts. Link
  • No, Really, It Was Tough: 4 People, 80 Martinis by Eric Asimov. A great report from the New York Times of a contemporary gin and martinis tasting session, with a rating of the used gins. Link
  • Towards the wet Martini by Fareed Zakaria, 1998. A clever pledge for wet martinis, advocating for the importance of vermouth in the drink. Link
  • Shaken or Stirred: Which Gets You Drunker? A Scientific Exploration by Brent Rose, 2012. A scientific experiment trying to understand if you get drunker with a stirred or shaken martini (at last). Link
  • Dry martini symbolism: Why the most classic of the classic cocktails is the least representative by Jeff Pruett, 2013. Some reflections on the martini and 15 famous recipes with original quotes. Link

Books in Italian

  • Martini’s yesterday and today, by Ezio Falconi, 2005 (in Italian). Link
  • Martini Eden, by Carolina Cutolo, 2014 (in Italian). Link
  • In difesa dell’oliva nel martini, by Vito Cassano, 2017 (in Italian). Link
  • Il Martini, by Maria Concetta Salemi, 2000 (in Italian). Link
  • Prigioniero di una stanza a Venezia, by Arrigo Cipriani, 2009 (in Italian). Link

Want more? See this page, this page and this page (in Italian) for a list of classic Bartenders’ Manuals and guides and for other cocktails reading.

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