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Martinez Cocktail Recipe

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Martinez Cocktail

Martinez Cocktail

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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: 3minutes

Total Time: 3minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Twist the lemon peel over the drink and drop it into the glass.

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Nothing does it better than the original, inverted, Member dunhillmint

To really pull off this cocktail you need to use Old Tom Gin. If you're unable to get a hold of it, add oz. of gum syrup or rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to one part water). Jerry Thomas's recipe calls for 2 parts vermouth to 1 part gin. I prefer more gin than vermouth, and in this recipe, I use 3 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. My recipe for the Martinez is as follows: In a mixing glass combine - 3 oz. Hayman's Old Tom Gin (This is a relaunched gin based on an original recipe from the 19th century. It's as close to the original as anything can get.) 1 oz. Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (The original and still the best tasting vermouth. It's so good that you can, and should try drinking it by itself - neat or on ice.) oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (Another original. There are others on the market but they just don't measure up to the flavor, texture and quality that Luxardo puts into their maraschino liqueur.) 2 dashes Boker's Bitters (These once defunct bitters are back in production and make an amazing aromatic bitters. If you can't procure them Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters or Angostura Bitters will do.) Add ice and stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Zest a lemon twist over the cocktail and enjoy. Cheers!!!

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