This is easily one of my all-time favorite cocktails. It's a variation on the classic as served at Employees Only in NYC, and it appears in the excellent Speakeasy book by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric. Flavorwise, it's somewhere between a traditional Martinez and a Martini.
Note: Don't want to bother with making the absinthe bitters (the first step below)? The easy way out is still darn tasty: just rinse the glass with a generous amount of absinthe or Green Chartreuse, and leave the excess in the glass rather than pouring it out.
Employees Only Martinez Recipe
For the Absinthe Bitters:
3/4 cup absinthe
1/8 cup green Chartreuse
1/4 teaspoon Angostura bitters
1/4 teaspoon Peychaud's bitters
1/2 tablespoon Fee Brothers Mint bitters
For Each Cocktail:
2 1/2 ounces Beefeater 24 Gin
3/4 ounce Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino
1/4 ounce Absinthe Bitters (see note)
Lemon twist for garnish
For the absinthe bitters: Add absinthe, Green Chartreuse, Angostura, Peychaud's, and mint bitters to a resealable bottle and cap. Blend by inverting the bottle a few times. The bitters is ready to use immediately and will keep indefinitely at room temperature.
For each cocktail: Add the Beefeater 24 gin, Dolin Blanc, Luxardo Maraschino and absinthe bitters to a mixing glass. Fill 2/3 with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with the lemon twist and serve.
Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Citrus Peeler
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|