The Martinez is undoubtedly one of the great drinks in the cocktail canon and the precursor to its more famous, younger sister, the Martini.
As is often the case with the oldest cocktails, the Martinez’s history is a little murky but perhaps the most likely story is that the drink was invented by “Professor” Jerry Thomas who featured it in his pioneering cocktail tome, the ‘Bar-Tender’s Guide’.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Thomas was not a real professor but a star-bartender before such a thing was common and is often referred to as “the father of American mixology”. He was known for his flashy ways, carried a set of solid silver mixing bar-tools back in the mid 1800s and was said to make £100 dollars a week, which was more than the Vice President of the United States at the time!
In a later cocktail guide, the Martinez was simply described as the “same as Manhattan, only you substitute gin for whisky."
Oftentimes, the best things in life are simple.
- 25ml Hepple Gin
50ml Carpano Classico vermouth
- 5ml maraschino liqueur
- 2 dashhes of orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice
Fine strain into a coupé glass
Garnish with a maraschino cherry