Martinez

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Get Our Recipes Sent To Your Inbox
Thanks! Keep an eye on your inbox for updates.

Cocktail History

The Martinez is a vintage cocktail that was created in the 1880s in Martinez, California. It’s considered a cross between the Manhattan and a classic Gin Martini because it’s traditionally 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 a spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Bombay London Dry Gin because it’s crisp and dry and it features a classic juniper flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine made with grapes, sugar, botanicals, herbs, sugar, and alcohol. We used Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Rouge because it’s a high quality vermouth with notes of herbs, coriander, hyssop, rhubarb, and citrus. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with Maraschino cherries, honey, herbs, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Luxardo Maraschino Orginale Liqueur because it has a distinct earthy aroma and sweet cherry flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Trader Vic’s Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup in place of the cherry liqueur.

Orange Bitters: This is a food product made with oranges, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Angostura Orange Bitters. For a mocktail version of this drink, try All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Mixing Glass: This is used to hold the ingredients while they’re being stirred. We used the Viski 17 oz Cocktail Mixing Glass.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Julep Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is stirred. We used the A Bar Above Julep Strainer.

Tasting Notes

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The original recipe for the Martinez called for more vermouth, but we ended up using a little less 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.

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

Recipe

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

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$21.56

AuthorThe Art of Vintage Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

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

Method
1

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

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

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

Directions

Method
1

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

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Martinez

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth, Trader Vic’s Premium Maraschino Cherry Syrup in place of the cherry liqueur, and All The Bitter Non-Alcoholic Orange Bitters in place of the orange bitters to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Shop Glassware & Tools

Find collections of cocktail glassware and bartending tools we recommend for your home bar in our Amazon shop.

Champagne Glasses - Flute - Saucer - Belle Coupe - Set of 6 Glasses - Glass Crystal - Glass has Tattoo Design -9 oz. - by Barski - Made in Europe
Champagne Glasses – Flute – Saucer – Belle Coupe – Set of 6 Glasses – Glass Crystal – Glass has Tattoo Design -9 oz. – by Barski – Made in Europe
Superb lead free crystal for outstanding clarity; Set of 6 in pretty box; 5.3″ H x 3.8″ D; Dishwasher safe for added convenience
$76.00 Amazon Prime
HISTORY COMPANY Chez Paree 1933 Chicago Cocktail Coupe Glass 2-Piece Set (Nightclub Gift Box Collection)
HISTORY COMPANY Chez Paree 1933 Chicago Cocktail Coupe Glass 2-Piece Set (Nightclub Gift Box Collection)
Sophisticated travelers considered an evening at Chez Paree a must when in the Windy City
$68.00 Amazon Prime
Sale
Godinger Champagne Glasses, Champagne Glass Set, Coupes Barware Glasses - Set of 4, 6oz., Dublin Crystal Collection
Godinger Champagne Glasses, Champagne Glass Set, Coupes Barware Glasses – Set of 4, 6oz., Dublin Crystal Collection
Lead Free Crystal. Set of 4; Capacity 6oz. Dimensions 4.25 x 5 x 2.5. Dishwasher Safe
$25.99 Amazon Prime

More Classic Cocktails

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

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

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

Boo Radley Cocktail Recipe

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

Vesper Martini Cocktail Recipe

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

Brooklyn Cocktail Recipe

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

This post contains affiliate links, meaning we make a small commission each time you purchase a product using our links. Product images sourced from Amazon Product Advertising API. Amazon affiliate links last updated on 2024-03-04.

Leave a comment