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
30ml Old Tom Gin, like Hernö Old Tom or Jensens
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.