Martinez – the Martini precursor

The Martinez cocktail is an old cocktail that was described in the 1884 The Modern Bartender’s Guide by O. H. Byron. The book’s second name is “Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them”. The Martinez is described as “Same as Manhattan, only you substitute gin for whisky”.

Modern Martinez recipes are a little different. It’s more sweet than Dry Martini but also more rich in flavors. We like it a lot and will experiment with it in the future.



1.5 oz Old Tom Gin, or substitute with Gin

1.5 oz Sweet vermouth

0.25 oz Maraschino

2 dashes of angostura bitters

1 orange twist

Stir over ice and pour in chilled glass. Finish of with a orange twist. Enjoy!



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