Martinez Cocktail Drink

Martinez Cocktail

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Looking for a tasty drink? The Martinez cocktail recipe has all the right ingredients. It’s easy to make and enjoy!

Martinez Cocktail Recipe

Indulge in this classic Martinez recipe! Crafted with gin, sweet vermouth, and maraschino liqueur, this sophisticated cocktail elevates any evening.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

197 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your coupe glass to chill it.
  • Add Bitters: Drop in 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Maraschino Liqueur: Introduce ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur to the mix.
  • Add Sweet Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz sweet Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin into the mixing glass.
  • Stir Well: With a bar spoon, stir the ingredients together with ice cubes until well combined.
  • Strain & Pour: Strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a twist of lemon or a cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If I run out of gin, I sometimes use vodka, though this alters the drink's flavor. A good old tom gin can add depth and richness.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth works in a pinch, but I'd add a touch of simple syrup for sweetness.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: It's a unique flavor, but any other cherry liqueur can work in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Martinez:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This means you'll use 12 oz of gin, 12 oz of sweet vermouth, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur with 16 dashes of bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters with ice. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gin alternatives mimic gin flavors without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use a cherry syrup or a non-alcoholic cherry-flavored beverage for the maraschino flavor. Adjust for sweetness.
  • Orange bitters: a drop of non-alcoholic orange essence will do.
  • Proceed: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic alternatives, follow the primary steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Martinez.

Making it Vegan:

Most ingredients in the Martinez are naturally vegan. However, ensure that any garnishes, especially cherries, don't use animal-based colorings or preservatives. Always double-check labels or source vegan-friendly options.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Potassium
 
42
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Martinez Cocktail Drink

Martinez Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in this classic Martinez recipe! Crafted with gin, sweet vermouth, and maraschino liqueur, this sophisticated cocktail elevates any evening.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 197

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • oz sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Lemon twist or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice cubes in your coupe glass to chill it.
  • Add Bitters: Drop in 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Maraschino Liqueur: Introduce ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur to the mix.
  • Add Sweet Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz sweet Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin into the mixing glass.
  • Stir Well: With a bar spoon, stir the ingredients together with ice cubes until well combined.
  • Strain & Pour: Strain the mixture into your chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a twist of lemon or a cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If I run out of gin, I sometimes use vodka, though this alters the drink's flavor. A good old tom gin can add depth and richness.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth works in a pinch, but I'd add a touch of simple syrup for sweetness.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: It's a unique flavor, but any other cherry liqueur can work in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Martinez:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This means you'll use 12 oz of gin, 12 oz of sweet vermouth, and 2 oz of maraschino liqueur with 16 dashes of bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters with ice. Stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual chilled cocktail glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Non-alcoholic gin alternatives mimic gin flavors without the alcohol.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitute: Use a cherry syrup or a non-alcoholic cherry-flavored beverage for the maraschino flavor. Adjust for sweetness.
  • Orange bitters: a drop of non-alcoholic orange essence will do.
  • Proceed: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with the non-alcoholic alternatives, follow the primary steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Martinez.

Making it Vegan:

Most ingredients in the Martinez are naturally vegan. However, ensure that any garnishes, especially cherries, don't use animal-based colorings or preservatives. Always double-check labels or source vegan-friendly options.

What is a Martinez Cocktail?

The Martinez cocktail, a gin-based cocktail with sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters, is often considered the precursor to the modern Martini, tracing its roots back to the 19th century. Some say its name is a nod to the California town of Martinez, where it might have originated. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or new to cocktails, the Martinez is a timeless classic, blending elegance with straightforwardness despite its rich history. Additionally, this iconic cocktail is listed by the International Bartenders Association (IBA), highlighting its enduring significance in the world of mixology.

A side shot of a Martinez cocktail in a coupe glass on a maroon cloth with a plate full with Maraschino cherries to the side on a wooden board placed on a white table in front of a grey stone wall.

What is a Martinez Cocktail made of – The ingredients

A Martinez Cocktail is concocted with these essentials:

  • Gin: The primary spirit provides the foundational alcoholic content and botanical flavors.
  • Sweet Vermouth: A fortified wine, it adds depth, sweetness, and aromatic complexity to the drink.
  • Maraschino Liqueur: A cherry-based liqueur introduces a delicate sweetness and subtle fruitiness.
  • Orange Bitters: Used sparingly, they bring balance and a hint of citrus zest to the cocktail.

Gin, sweet Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur and orange Bitters liad out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Martinez Cocktail?

Use our detailed guide as your path to step-by-step Martinez Cocktail creation:

1
<p>Start by chilling your cocktail glass, ensuring it’s ready for the finished drink.</p>

Start by chilling your cocktail glass, ensuring it’s ready for the finished drink.

2
<p>In a mixing glass, incorporate a few dashes of orange bitters to bring balance and zest.</p>

In a mixing glass, incorporate a few dashes of orange bitters to bring balance and zest.

3
<p>Introduce maraschino liqueur, adding that distinct cherry sweetness.</p>

Introduce maraschino liqueur, adding that distinct cherry sweetness.

4
<p>Add sweet vermouth to the mixing glass to complement the gin.</p>

Add sweet vermouth to the mixing glass to complement the gin.

5
<p>Pour the desired amount of gin.</p>

Pour the desired amount of gin.

6
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.

7
<p>Stir the ingredients together until well chilled and combined.</p>

Stir the ingredients together until well chilled and combined.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled cocktail glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled cocktail glass.

9
<p>Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass, without ice.</p>

Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass, without ice.

10
<p>Garnish with a twist of lemon or a cherry to enhance the presentation and flavor.</p>

Garnish with a twist of lemon or a cherry to enhance the presentation and flavor.

11
<p>Enjoy your Martinez cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Martinez cocktail!

A Martinez cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on top of a maroon cloth on a wooden board placed on a white table with a plate full with Maraschino cherries to a side.

Best Vermouth for a Martinez Cocktail

For this classic cocktail, a high-quality sweet vermouth is your best bet. Carpano Antica Formula’s rich, deep flavors offer vanilla undertones that play well with the gin and maraschino. Dolin Rouge is another top contender, bringing a lighter, floral note that can brighten up the mix. But if you’re looking for something versatile that punches above its weight in value, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino might be the ticket. Its balanced sweetness and herbal notes complement the Martinez beautifully. If I had to place a bet? Go with Cocchi; it’s wallet-friendly and flavor-packed, making it a fantastic choice for your Martinez.

A side shot of a Martinez cocktail in a coupe glass on a maroon cloth with a plate full with Maraschino cherries to a side on a wooden board placed on a white table, in front of a grey stone wall.

History and Origin

The Martinez cocktail boasts a rich and somewhat ambiguous history intertwined with the evolution of American bartending. Many consider it a precursor to the now-famous Martini. While its origin remains a topic of debate among cocktail enthusiasts, a few key theories and events stand out.

One popular narrative credits bartender Julio Richelieu of Martinez, California, for the drink’s creation in the late 19th century. According to local lore, Richelieu concocted the drink for a gold miner and named it after the town. To support this claim, the town of Martinez asserts that the miner enjoyed the beverage so much he wanted to secure its recipe, and Richelieu obliged, scribbling it down on paper.

Another story traces the drink to the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. Here, a bartender Jerry Thomas  supposedly whipped up the mix for a traveler on his way to the nearby town of Martinez. As with many cocktail origins, separating fact from fiction proves challenging.

Adding to the mystery, the first known written record of the Martinez recipe appears in O.H. Byron’s 1884 bartending book, “The Modern Bartender.” Byron’s version, however, slightly differs from what we recognize today.

The Martinez Cocktail has undergone various recipe tweaks and adjustments throughout its history, depending on the bartender and the era. Regardless of its true origins, this cocktail remains a testament to the artistry and innovation of early American mixology.

A Martinez cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table with a Gin bottle, an orange bitter bottle, a Maraschino Liqueur bottle, and a sweet Vermouth bottle around.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Martinez Cocktail?
A standard Martinez usually contains around 200 to 250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and their amounts.
What's the strength of a Martinez Cocktail in terms of ABV?
The Martinez Cocktail typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of about 25-30%.
And in terms of proof?
Given its ABV, the Martinez is around 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Martinez Cocktail?
The primary alcohol in a Martinez is gin, accompanied by sweet vermouth and maraschino liqueur.
In which glass is a Martinez Cocktail typically served?
A Martinez Cocktail is traditionally served in a cocktail or coupe glass.
What does a Martinez Cocktail taste like?
The Martinez offers a harmonious blend of botanical, sweet, and slightly fruity flavors, underscored by a hint of bitterness.
How is the Martinez Cocktail typically served in terms of ice and presentation?
The Martinez is usually served "up," meaning it's chilled with ice while mixing, then strained into a glass without ice.

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