Pronounced by my man as “maybe the best cocktail ever,” the Martinez dates back to the 1800’s and is one of the earliest cocktails. Some say it is the precursor to the Martini. Like most old school cocktails, it is relatively easy and straightforward. The issue is that the ingredients are not as common today as they were over 100 years ago. While most home bartenders will not have the ingredients for a Martinez readily at hand, order one of these babies next time you go to a swanky cocktail lounge. If the bartender doesn’t know what you are talking about, move on!
2 oz. gin (preferable Old Tom gin, which is sweeter than regular London dry gin)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
.25 oz. (about a bar spoon full) Maraschino liqueur (I use Luxardo — do not be confused with maraschino cherry syrup!!!!)
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange if desired. And, please, put on some Louis Armstrong while you sit back and sip this glorious cocktail!