How to Make a Classic Martinez Cocktail

How to Make a Classic Martinez Cocktail
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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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


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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