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14 December 2008 · 4 Comments

I posted the Martinez Cocktail on my blog before, but I decided to return to this cocktail for detailed investigation. The Martinez Cocktail is one of my favorite classic cocktail.

The Martinez Cocktail is very old cocktail. Some peoples think that Martinez is the precursor of most famous cocktail of the world – The Martini cocktail. The author of Martinez Cocktail is legendary Jerry Thomas.

Some imbabers-bloggers give attention to this cocktail too. You can find more interesting information about Martinez on one of my favorite blog Oh, Gosh! (by Jay Hapburn) and, of course, on Spirits And Cocktails (by Jamie Boudreau).

First I discovered old-style version of Martinez Cocktail, which is more closest to original recipe by Jerry Thomas.

Martinez (Old Style)

60 ml sweet vermouth
30 ml gin (Old Tom gin is preferable)
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
1 dash bitters
Stir. Strain in cocktail glass. Garnish with a quarter of lemon wheel.

It is amazing cocktail with right and elegant taste. It is so week as for my taste, but rich complex taste of this version is very good for me.

Next step of my investigation is recipe of Martinez from CocktailDB. In this Martinez we can to try orange curacao as substitute of maraschino liqueur and dry vermouth instead sweet.

Martinez (Dry Style)

35 ml gin
30 ml dry vermouth
7 ml orange curacao (or maraschino liqueur)
1 dash orange bitters
Stir. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

This Martinez is so closest to Martini Cocktail. It has so dry, aromatic taste (I use MB Orange Curacao 30%). This cocktail is very good aperetive, but this version is not my choice.

This version of Martinez with maraschino liqueur has beautiful light sweet aromatic taste with floral undertones. This taste is more preferable for my understanding of Martinez Cocktail.

And of course I try modern version of Martinez Cocktail by Jamie Boudreau. It is one of my favorite cocktail.

Martinez (Modern style)

45 ml gin
45 ml sweet vermouth
2 tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dash orange bitters
Stir. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon slice.

Magnificent cocktail! It is smooth and very aromatic cocktail. Sometimes I use Angostura aromatic bitters instead orange bitters, this work well in my opinion.

In conclusion I try my own version of this classic cocktail. I like to use sweet citrus vermouth by Cinzano in my Martinez.

My Martinez

35 ml gin
35 ml sweet citrus vermouth (I prefer Cinzano Limetto)
2 tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dash Angostura bitter
Stir. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon slice.

It is beautiful cocktail with smooth aromatic citrus taste.

Tags: Aromatic bitters · Curacao · Gin · Maraschino liqueur · Orange bitters · Vermouth dry · Vermouth sweet

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jay Hepburn // 15 December 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Love the glass in the first picture! A Martinez with a citrus vermouth sounds very interesting. Not seen Cinzano Limetto around before…

  • 2 Anita / Married with dinner // 16 December 2008 at 9:01 PM

    I agree — that is a beautiful glass (and a very lovely photograph)

  • 3 scomorokh // 22 December 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Thanks! This glass is very old. It is my wife dowry. This glass is very photogenic :)

  • 4 Benjamin // 29 January 2009 at 3:03 AM

    …I’ve fallen in love with the Martinez Cocktail. Despite being from the land of Beer and Cheese (Wisconsin) there is a growing resurgence in classic cocktails that has been lead in large part by a micro-distillery in Madison, WI – Death’s Door Spirits. Their gin, a pre-prohibition style gin (sweeter gin) mixes as well as any Gin I’ve tried in classic cocktails.

    Aside from the Gin in this cocktail, utilizing a high quality Sweet Vermouth makes all the difference in the world. If you can find it – Carpano Antica is the best in my opinion and will amaze you when mixed in all your favorite cocktails. Aside from the Carpano Antica, the Punt e Mes is a nice choice as well.

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