The Martinez is a predecessor of the Martini, likely invented in the Bay Area city of Martinez, California in the mid-1800s. It utilizes a classic combination of gin, sweet vermouth, and bitters, and adds a bit of a twist with some maraschino liqueur. While Martini drinkers may scoff at the use of sweet vermouth instead of dry, it’s actually much closer to the original Martini recipe than the modern Dry Martini, which utilizes dry vermouth (or, frequently and unfortunately, no vermouth at all).
|1.5 oz gin|
|1.5 oz sweet vermouth|
|0.25 oz maraschino liqueur|
|2 dashes Angostura bitters|
|Lemon or orange twist|
Preparation: How to make a Martinez
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange.