World Martini Day 2024: Do You Know The History Of V-Shaped Martini Glass?

Featuring gin and vermouth, Martini is an Italian drink that has been ruling the palates of cocktail connoisseur for years. This World Martini Day let’s explore the origin of the elegant V-shaped glass in which this timeless cocktail is served.
Martini Glass

Martini Glass

Martini is among the best cocktails that have ever existed. Made with gin and vermouth along with the garnish of an olive or lemon twist, it is evergreen. Whether enjoyed straight or on the rocks, it is loved by everyone due to the elegance and style. June 15 is celebrated as World Martini Day across the globe. But have you ever thought why the glass of this classic cocktail is V-shaped? Let's explore the origin of martini glass.

The Origin

With its iconic shape and slender stem, this glass makes the drink appear more sophisticated. However, the history of the Martini glass is not as long as you might think. This glassware was not invented until around 1925 but Martini cocktail is said to have been created in the mid-19th century.
Martini Glass
Martini Glass
Before the invention of this elegant glass, this cocktail was likely served in a coupe glass which is a small, wide-mouthed glass with a shallow bowl. It was around the late 19th century when the cocktail grew in popularity. By the 1920s, gin took center stage in the world of mixed drinks and the rise of martini was seen. It is said that this shift in the world of mixology also coincided with the Art Deco movement, which promoted clean lines and geometric shapes.

Modern Martini GlassIt is believed that the martini glass was born during Prohibition. As per the theory, the wide rim of the glassware allowed speakeasy patrons to quickly finish their beverage in case of a police raid. However, it has been documented that the modern martini glass was introduced to the world in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris.
V-Shaped Martini Glass
V-Shaped Martini Glass
This new design was inspired by the coupe, featuring a longer stem, a wider rim, with a distinctive conical bowl. But the design of the martini glass was not only for aesthetics, the real reason of keeping long stem was to keep the drinker's hand from warming the chilled beverage as this cocktail is traditionally served without ice. Additionally, the wider rim allowed for a larger surface area, enhancing the overall experience of martini. Another theory suggests that the wide rim of the glass allows more oxygen to flow to the spirit which can help to enhance the flavour of the drink.
Today, you can find many variations in size and rim width, the core design of the martini glass has remained consistent. Being a symbol of sophistication and luxury, it has retained its place as a timeless icon in the realm of cocktails. So, next time when you take a sip of martini, do not forget to appreciate the beauty of the glassware.
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