Martinez Recipe

The prevailing wisdom is that this cocktail is not a predecessor of the martini. I am not sure if this is so, but it is a great old drink that deftly illustrates how complicated the flavors in this family can be. Upon tasting, you will be hard put to discern any particular flavor components here; the gin and the mixing spirits surrender their individual flavors to a sea of subtle spice.–Eben Klemm

LC Practice Makes Perfect (Peel) Note

Getting your strip of lemon peel to look as beautifully elegant as a classic cocktail deserves might take a little bit of practice. Make sure you have a sharp knife, avoid as much of the white pith under the skin as possible, and take it very, very slowly. Nicking yourself with a knife is one thing, but nicking yourself with a knife that’s been slicing into lemons? Yeesh!

Martinez Recipe

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  • 2 ounces gin (I suggest London-style or Plymouth gin)
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish


  • 1. Pour the gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters into an empty cocktail shaker.
  • 2. Fill the shaker completely with ice and stir with a bar spoon until the outside is cold.
  • 3. Strain and serve, garnished with lemon peel.
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