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 The Martinez
60ml Sweet Vermouth.
7.5ml dry vermouth
7.5ml Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of bitters
Lemon peel and maraschino cherry to garnish
How to make The Martinez
Shake all the ingredients together until well chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the lemon peel and a maraschino cherry.