Martinez

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User Rating (67 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Orange zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

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Review:

Medium dry, rounded and superbly complex. Your choice of genever will make or break this fabulous cocktail - choose with care. I prefer a combination of sweet and dry vermouth in a Martinez and the proportions of vermouth I've used reflect the believed sales volumes of French and Italian vermouths in America at the time.

History:

It's likely the original Martinez was based on Dutch genever rather than English old tom or dry gin and O. Byron's 1884 The Modern Bartender suggests it would also have had a couple of dashes of both Angostura bitters and orange curaçao. Byron's recipe states "gin" but he probably means English old tom gin or Dutch genever as drier styled English gins (London dry) were barely available in America until well into the 1890s.

Manhattan Cocktail, No. 2.
2 dashes Curacoa.
2 " Angostura bitters.
½ wine-glass whisky.
½ " Italian vermouth
Fine ice ; stir well and strain into a cocktail glass.
Martinez Cocktail.
Same as Manhattan, only you substitute gin for whisky.

O. H. Byron, The Modern Bartenders' Guide, 1884

Martinez cocktail history

Nutrition:

One serving of Martinez contains 169 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.8 standard drinks
  • 24.13% alc./vol. (48.26° proof)
  • 25.4 grams of pure alcohol
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