Martinez Cocktail Recipe

Lesser known than its cousin, the Martini, but no less delicious.

A martinez cocktail in a glass with a lemon twist.
Vicky Wasik

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.

Recipe Details

Martinez Cocktail Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Active 3 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving

Lesser known than its cousin, the Martini, but no less delicious.


  • 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


  1. 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.

Special Equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
190 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 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.)