The Martinez cocktail has been the inspiration for many classic drinks known and loved today, from the Manhattan to the Martini. Although not as commonly heard and ordered, the classic gin cocktail deserves a lot of respect. Like many other gin cocktails, the place of origin can be argued. Some claiming it to be developed by author and bartender Jerry Thomas in California, while others claim the cocktail was created in the city of Martinez by a local bartender. What we do know for sure, is that the cocktail dates back to at least 1884, when it was first published in “The Modern Bartender’s Guide”.
Based on traditional recipes the Martinez requires Old-Tom Style gin but can be made with any style gin based on preference. Different gins slightly alter the flavor, but allow for pallet matching based on individual taste and compatibility. The cocktail itself resembles a bit of a whiskey drink that is slightly sweeter with the addition of sweet vermouth and maraschino liqueur. Creating an overall sophisticated gin drink with a smooth sipping experience.
Requiring a few simple ingredients, you can find, gin, front and center, sweet vermouth for slight sweetness, as well as Maraschino liqueur for added sweetness. Bitters to balance it all, and a lemon twist for a simple garnish. The garnish can be altered to whatever you like, but if going the traditional route, we suggest sticking to lemon, especially if using Old-Tom style gin. Stir the cocktail in ice to get it to the right sipping temperature and enjoy slowly and wholesomely.
- 1.5 Ounces gin
- 1 Ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/4 Ounce maraschino liqueur
- 2 Dashes angostura bitters
- Lemon twist garnish
Into a mixing glass add in all of the ingredients and stir. Strain into a class and garnish with a lemon twist. Sip and enjoy.