We’re going with another gin-based libation this week, in the Martinez Cocktail.
We had seen Maraschino liqueur as part of other recipes, and landing on the Martinez recipe from O.H. Byron’s Modern Bartenders’ Guide, was a perfect excuse to buy a bottle.
Now, we didn’t invest in the suggested Old Tom Gin for this cocktail, so it may not be 100% true to form. Pros would know a difference in taste, but most novices should get the same great taste that we got out of ours.
It’s a strong, but balanced cocktail in that you’re not overwhelmed by the main spirit. You will definitely like the Martinez Cocktail if you are a fan of a Manhattan or Negroni though!2.75 oz gin
.25 oz sweet vermouth
.25 oz Maraschino liqueur (the Cristiani Maraschino was ~$10 cheaper vs. the Luxardo brand!)
3-4 dashes orange bitters*
Tools: shot measure, cocktail shaker/strainer
Glass: chilled cocktail or coupe glass
Add three normal ice cubes and all ingredients to your shaker. Stir like a whirligig and then strain into your chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a large orange twist and enjoy!
You probably only need one of these for the night, so take things responsibly and have a great weekend!
-The Sweet and Sweaty
*Orange bitters addendum: