The martini: international drink of mystery? iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com The Salt The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist June 19, 2013 The martini has been called "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is this cocktail perfectly American? Maybe not entirely. In honor of National Martini Day, we decided to dig into the drink's muddled past.