Martinez Cocktail

Thought to be the precursor of the martini, the Martinez has been around since the mid 1800’s. It is said to be a twist on the original Vermouth Cocktail (which was vermouth, lemon, bitters and maraschino liqueur). This drink is a classic that I love during the winter months.


Equipment: Glass for stirring, cocktail spoon, strainer, and martini glass or nick and nora glass

1 ½ oz gin (look for a dry style)

1 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano’s “Antica Formula is my favorite)

¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

twist of lemon for garnish


Combine gin, sweet vermouth, Luxardo and bitters in glass with ice and stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain into glass and garnish with twist of lemon.

martinez cocktail with a twist of lemon

Author: sauceandshake

A culinary and libatious adventure of a cook and a bartender who strive to make things as complimentary as they are to each other.

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