The Martinez is the one of the predecessors to the Martini. This cocktail adds sweetness to the gin-vermouth combination with the use of sweet vermouth and a small amounts of maraschino liqueur, resulting in a smooth and uplifting drink that is perfect anytime of day.
Some Martinez recipes use dry vermouth and/or Cointreau or triple sec (instead of maraschino). Original recipes, such as those printed in Jerry Thomas' bartending guides from the late 1800's use maraschino.
The story of the Martinez is that it was created by Professor Jerry Thomas for a patron traveling to Martinez, California.
View Video: How to Make a Martinez
Prep Time: 3áminutes
Total Time: 3áminutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Stir well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Twist the lemon peel over the drink and drop it into the glass.
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