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Last week we had a discussion about the king of cocktails, the Martini
, but let's take one step back and talk about the Martinez
. It is almost literally one step because it is widely accepted that the Martinez had direct influence on the creation of the Martini. A couple of the accounts of the Martini's origin refers to Martinez, California where I'm told a plaque still marks the occasion and directly influenced the naming of the Martinez cocktail. This may be true and it may not, but for the sake of argument I'm going with this story. The Martinez recipe is old, we know that because in his 1887 The Bon Vivant's Companion: Or How to Mix Drinks Professor Jerry Thomas
is the first to put it into print. And it was Thomas who is credited with creating the sweet drink while working in California for a patron traveling to, where else, Martinez.
According to The Joy of Mixology, Thomas' Martinez was heavy on vermouth, light on the gin and calls for Boker's bitters, which is no longer available but Angostura is a great substitute. Add a little maraschino liqueur and a lemon twist and you have this great classic, often overlooked, sweet gin cocktail that Gary Regan refers to as "born of the Manhattan...and is the father, or perhaps grandfather, of the Dry Gin Martini."