The Legend of the Marguerite Cocktail
The Marguerite Cocktail has the distinction of being known as the forefather to the modern Dry Martini. It is fairly well documented over the past 120 years, however, this libation has seen some twists and turns.
The first known published recipe for this cocktail appears in “Stuart’s Fancy Drinks- And How to Mix them” (1896). This recipe is very much like the modern recipe.
However, the later Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual (1900) adds a twist (no pun).
Old Harry had a bit of flare and preferred a few dashes of anisette in his brew. However, later publications seem to drop the anisette… and a few years later the bitters lose favor as well; and, voila…the birth of the modern Dry Martini is nearing.
Glassware: Cocktail glass