Created in 1887, The Martinez gin cocktail led to the gin martini. The recipe appears in cocktail books from the late 1880s, like “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion” by Jerry Thomas, who is considered the father of American mixology.
It’s not just a historic cocktail – it’s my favorite drink. Make it at home:
1 ounce Old Tom Gin
1 ounce Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
.25 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Place ingredients in a shaker with ice and stir for 40 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
– Rick Blumberg, Marlow’s Tavern