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Inside the storied hotel bar that claims to be the birthplace of the martini

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The official history of the martini is shrouded in mystery, and competing stories come from both the East and West Coast of the US. Despite the cocktail’s recipe being documented in the 1880s in Harry Johnson’s “Bartender’s Manual” (the first guide to the bartending trade), there’s still some debate as to where it came from.

Its West Coast origins involve stories of gold miners going to the bar after striking it rich. On the East Coast, however, its rumored origin story takes place in the heart of New York City and involves the wealthy Astor and Rockefeller families.

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Source : BusinessInsider.Com

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