Martinez Cocktail Info
It is known that the Martinez appeared in print for the first time in 1884's book "The Modern Bartender's Guide" by O.H. Byron. But with everything in writing, especially recipes, it is still possible that the cocktail was created long before the recipe was published in this book.
The Martinez was again seen in 1887 when it was published in Thomas' posthumously published edition, "The Bar-Tender's Guide". This version calls for Old Tom Gin, a spirit that falls between malty genever and London dry gin.
Other Martinez recipes have called for dry vermouth instead of sweet and even the addition of Curacao. But today! Thomas's recipe is the Martinez we enjoy and served in most bars.
It's fun to experiment with gins. A London dry Gin will give you a more potent drink, and modern gins may have a more pungent citrusy or floral taste, depending on which bottle it is. Old Tom Gin is an excellent choice to keep the recipe as authentic as possible.
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Recommended Bar Equipment
- 45 ml Gin
- 45 ml Sweet Vermouth
- 7 ml Maraschino Liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Add the ingredients to a mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe glass.