Employees Only Martinez Recipe

Employees Only Martinez
Nick Caruana

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.

Recipe Details

Employees Only Martinez Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Special Equipment

Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Citrus Peeler

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
274 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 274
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 29mg 1%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)