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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 5 (2001) pp 295-305

The Dry Martini: Chemistry, History, and Assorted Lore

George B. Kauffman

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Published online: 7 September 2001

Abstract. In the opinion of countless authors, thinkers, statesmen, and connoisseurs, the martini is America’s favorite apéritif. Famous martini quotes; celebrity martini drinkers; movies, books, and songs; the martini and alcohol in chemical education; the 1999 Canadian bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activities of martinis in the British Medical Journal; the standardization of the martini; brief histories of gin, vermouth, and the martini; martini-drinking presidents; the dryness of the martini; and the place of the drink in American society are presented.

Key Words:  Chemistry and History; alcohol

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: georgek@csufresno.edu)

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Issue date: October 1, 2001

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