The Ultimate Martinez Cocktail: A Classic Gem Rediscovered

Classic Martinez Cocktail Recipe: Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Drink

Unearth the hidden treasure of history with the Martinez cocktail – the sophisticated ancestor of the Martini that’s taking the mixology world by storm.

Step into the world of classic cocktails with the Martinez, a drink that predates its famous cousin, the Martini. This exquisite blend of gin and sweet vermouth, accented with maraschino liqueur and bitters, offers a flavor profile that’s both complex and irresistible. Unlike its drier descendant, the Martinez brings a perfect balance of sweetness and botanicals that will captivate your taste buds.

For an authentic experience, seek out Old Tom gin. We recommend Ransom Old Tom from Oregon, with its unique malty profile that harmonizes beautifully with sweet vermouth. Can’t find Ransom? Hayman’s Old Tom, imported by Eric Seed’s Haus Alpenz, is an excellent alternative available in 40 states and D.C. Your quest for the perfect Martinez starts with the right gin!

Martinez Cocktail: The Grandfather of Martinis


  • 1 1/2 ounces Old Tom gin (the secret to authenticity)
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica recommended for richness)
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur (for that subtle cherry sweetness)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (to brighten the flavors)
  • Lemon twist (the perfect aromatic garnish)


  1. Begin by filling your mixing glass with ice. Pour in the Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. Stir the mixture with precision until it’s thoroughly chilled. Strain the golden elixir into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. To finish, twist a lemon peel over the drink, releasing its essential oils. Gently rub the rim of the glass with the peel to impart a citrusy aroma, then discard.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
190 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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