The Martinez cocktail may be a predecessor to the martini, but these drinks could hardly be less alike to the modern palate. The Martinez starts with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, and this alone distinguishes it in two ways from the modern martini. You then add a teaspoon of maraschino liqueur and either Angostura or orange bitters.
For this classic cocktail, it's worth taking the time to find Old Tom gin. My preference for this drink is Ransom Old Tom, from Oregon. Distilled with malted barley, it has a maltiness that marries well with sweet vermouth. If you can't find Ransom, Eric Seed's Haus Alpenz line imports Hayman's Old Tom from England. The Alpenz portfolio is now available in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, so you may have better luck there.
1 1/2 ounces Old Tom gin
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (I like Carpano Antica in this)
1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish
Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. Stir until very cold then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over cocktail to express its oils. Rub rim of glass with peel and discard.
Mixing glass, cocktail strainer
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||39%|
|*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.|