The Martinez cocktail recipe

The Martinez
A richer, sweeter version of the classic Martini Credit: Alamy

Hailed historically as the precursor to the classic Martini, the origins of the Martinez can be traced back to the US in the mid-late 19th century. A slightly richer drink than the Martini, it calls for both sweet red vermouth and the dry variety. Some older recipes use Old Tom gin – a sweeter style made with fewer botanicals in the 18th century.  

Prep time: 2 minutes




  • 50ml gin
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 10ml dry vermouth
  • 5ml Maraschino liqueur or orange Curaçao liqueur (optional) 
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes, for mixing
  • A piece of orange or lemon peel to garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass or large jar filled with ice. 
  2. Stir for about 20 seconds, diluting the drink, and then strain into a Martini glass. Add a piece of orange or lemon peel as a garnish.