The Martinez first appeared in O.H. Byron’s ‘The Modern Bartender’ in 1884 as a variation of the Manhattan (replacing Whisky with gin), before appearing in Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide in 1887 as a stand alone cocktail.
Vermouth had been popular in America since the mid-1800s but it was Italian vermouth (sweet), that was predominantly used. Combined with old tom gin, or “holland” gin (genever-style) , Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and bitters it creates a delicious drink, with the sweetness balanced by the sour dryness of the maraschino liqueur.
Ingredients for the Martinez
60ml Sweet Vermouth.
30ml Old Tom Gin, like Hayman’s Old Tom or Jensens
2 dashes of bitters
2 dashes of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Lemon peel to garnish
Shake all the ingredients together until well chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the lemon peel, or like the Beaufort Bar,London lemon peel and a maraschino cherry.