The Martinez is a classic cocktail considered by many as the precursor to the Martini. Many different versions of this cocktail exist, while it is also the basis for many other cocktails. Normally, it contains Maraschino or Curacao, gin and bitters.
We do not know who invented this cocktail. There are two possible stories: either it was Jerry Thomas at the Occidental Hotel or Richelieu at a saloon in Martinez in California. The recipe for the Martinez cocktail appeared in the Thomas’ The Bar-Tender’s Guide in 1887. But, in 1884 O.H. Byron released a drink guide in which a recipe for the cocktail Martinez can also be found.
- 50 ml Otto's Athens Vermouth
- 30 ml gin
- 5 ml maraschino liqueur
- 1 dash grapefruit bitters
- 1 martini glass
- 1 mixing glass
- 1 strainer
First, add Otto’s Athens Vermouth, gin, Maraschino liqueur and grapefruit bitter in a mixing glass with ice.
Stir all the ingredients and strain in a martini glass without ice.
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