Martinez

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Cocktail History

The Martinez is a classic cocktail that was created n the 1880s in Martinez, California. It’s considered a cross between the Manhattan and a classic gin martini that is made with gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Bombay Dry Gin because it’s crisp and dry and features classic juniper flavor.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth because it’s Alex’s favorite sweet vermouth, with dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Orange Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with orange and botanicals. They add citrus flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The original recipe called for more vermouth, but we went with a more modern ratio because Alex prefers drier cocktails. Kendall thought this timeless beverage would be a great starter for anyone like her who hasn’t sipped on bitter drinks very much and is trying to develop their palate. All around it’s a very good gin drink that we’d make again.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 3 dashes Orange Bitters

Method
1

Add gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 3 dashes Orange Bitters

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Martinez

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

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