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.

A Martinez, enjoyed at the Lui Bar, Melbourne

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.



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