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
- Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass or large jar filled with ice.
- 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.