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Classic Martinez Cocktail

Martinez cocktail

The precursor to the Martini leans heavily on sweet vermouth.

Often considered the precursor for what we know today as the gin Martini, the classic Martinez cocktail is the perfect gin drink for those looking to celebrate the lush character of vermouth. As with many cocktail recipes we now consider classics, the drink has seen many iterations throughout history—this version adapted from the second edition of Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide features maraschino liqueur and Boker’s bitters.


  • 2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. Old Tom gin
  • 1 tsp. maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes Boker’s Bitters
  • Tools:mixing glass, barspoon
  • Glass:Nick and Nora
  • Garnish:lemon peel or twist


Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

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