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I have been reading about classic cocktails. The Martinez Cocktail goes back to the mid 1800’s in California and is believed to be the precursor to the martini. I figured I would look distinguished drinking a cocktail with that kind of pedigree. She Who Must Be Obeyed assured me I was wrong.

The recipe for this cocktail is at the end of the post.

I started by getting the ingredients together. I cut a one inch piece of lemon zest.

Martinez 1

I poured all the ingredients except the lemon zest into a cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice. Stir until very cold.

Martinez 2

Strain into the glass. Twist the zest over the drink and then rub it around the rim of the glass.

Martinez 4

Serve and enjoy!

Martinez 6

The Verdict

This is a strongly flavoured cocktail that won’t suit everyone’s taste. The sweet vermouth gives a floral taste. The maraschino adds a sweetness. The bitters give a sour counterpoint. I liked it but it is a flavour burst! Try one.

The Old Fat Guy

Martinez Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Martinez Cocktail


  • 35 ml (1 1/2 ounce) gin
  • 35 ml (1 1/2 ounce) sweet vermouth
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) maraschino
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • ice
  • 1 piece lemon zest


  1. Put cocktail glasses in freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Put all the ingredients except the lemon zest in a cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice.
  3. Stir until very cold.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  5. Twist lemon zest over drink and rub the rim with the zest. Discard the zest.
  6. Serve
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2 Responses

    1. Thanks, Katie. It is refreshing but it is one of the most floral cocktails I’ve had. I and my friend liked it. The missus was ok with it but thought it was a little strong.

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