We asked New York bartender Michael Neff to show us how to make some essential drinks, and to tell us a bit of the story behind each one. Today, we're talking about Martinis.
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One of the most influential drinks of the past century, the Kangaroo is likely unknown (by that name, at least) to most contemporary drinkers. Originating around 1950, when vodka was a relative novelty, the Kangaroo debuted when an unknown bartender simply swapped vodka for gin in one of the era's most popular cocktails; within a few years, the vodka version not only surpassed the original in popularity, but it appropriated that gin drink's name.