Martinez

Martinez
Originally a gin spin on the whisky based Manhattan cocktail, the Martinez went on to inspire the Dry Martini and all the variations we know today.

One of the oldest known gin cocktails, the Martinez can be traced back to a first written reference in 1884. However, it is likely that it was around for several decades prior to that. It is widely debated whether the base spirit was originally Old Tom Gin or Genever (many written references call for “Old Gin”), however,  given the wide spread availability and popularity at the time of inception in the United States, Genever seems more likely. Over the years, due to it’s popularity, the Martinez has been made with all manner of gin styles, each brining a new twist on this iconic drink. The Martinez is said to be the precursor to the Martini cocktail, over time as palates got drier and gin production more refined the Martinez slowly morphed into what we know as the Dry Martini today.


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Ingredients
45ml      Old Tom Gin or Genever
20ml      Sweet Vermouth
7.5ml     Maraschino Liqueur
2 dash   Angostura Bitters

 

Garnish      Orange peel

Ice              Cubes (for stirring only)

Glass          Cocktail glass

 

Equipment Checklist

Mixing Glass      Mixing Spoon
Strainer              Jigger

 

Recommended Gins

Hurdle Creek Still Grain Jenever

Instructions

1. Add all your ingredients to the mixing glass/tin.

2. Fill mixing glass with cubes of ice.

3. Stir for 30 seconds - 1 minute (until the mixing glass/tin is frosty).

4. Strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.

5. Garnish with orange peel.

 

Bartender’s Top Tips

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

 

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