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Where and What to Drink for National Martini Day

Should you need a reason to justify indulging your thirst for gin or vodka, the fact that Thursday, June 19 has been designated National Martini Day is as good of an excuse as you’re going to get. Whether you prefer yours shaken, stirred, dirty or garnished with a twist of lemon, Philadelphia’s bars offer a diverse array of the classic cocktail. Check out some of Drink Philly’s favorites below. And if you know of one that should be included, give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company (112 S. 18th St.; 267-467-3277)
You’ll be hard pressed to find a bottle of vodka behind the bar this Center City cocktail parlor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Martini. Franklin Mortgage goes the more traditional route, serving a classic version made with gin and dry vermouth.

Ela (627 S 3rd St.; 267-687-8512)
Ela barkeeps Maria Polise and Zachary Svoboda offer Divine Intervention (pictured right) as their take on the classic Martini. It’s made with Uncle Val's Botanical gin, Lillet, Regan’s Orange bitters, simple syrup and lavender.

Mica (8609 Germantown Ave.; 267-335-3912)
Chestnut Hill’s Mica serves a tequila-based variation called Berry on the Hill. Far from traditional, it combines Tequila, Drambuie, strawberry and fresh lime juice.

Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar (138 Market St.; 215-923-6069)
For the purists, OG Continental in Old City offers its tried and true Continental Martini, made with Tito’s Vodka and dry vermouth.

The Treemont (231 S 15th St.; 267-687-2237)
Still new Center city spot The Treemont serves the Twisted Lip, a vodka Martini with Orange Curacao, fresh lemon juice, grenadine and splash of sparkling wine added.

Vernick Food & Drink (2031 Walnut St.; 267-639-6644)
Rockstar bartender Vincent Stipo serves proto-Martini, the Martinez, which he puts his personal touch on with barrel-aged Old Tom gin, vermouth, Maraschino and bitters.

 Photos: Wikimedia Commons (top); Ela (right)


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