Classic Martinez

Photo of a Classic Martinez cocktail with a lemon twistThis Classic Martinez cocktail is a precursor to our modern gin martini. And, you just might want to make it a regular treat.

The Martinez adds a hint of sweetness to the gin and vermouth combination. It uses sweet vermouth rather than dry and brings in just a hint of maraschino liqueur. The result is a smooth and cheery drink that is delicious at cocktail hour.

A customer shared with us that this cocktail has Bay Area origins. Check out this post on the City of Martinez website for the story.

The Classic Martinez
Yields one cocktail

For variations, you can replace the maraschino liqueur with Cointreau or Triple Sec.

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
1 dash of aromatic bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish

Pour the gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters into a mixing glass with ice cubes.

Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the drink and drop it into the glass. Serve and enjoy.

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