Martinez cocktail
Cocktails,  Gin,  Recipes


The Martinez cocktail is the grandmother of the Martini, emerging sometime in the latter half of the 19th Century. A riff on the whisky-based Manhattan, it first appeared in print in O.H. Byron’s 1884 The Modern Bartender as a footnote to the more popular whisky cocktail.

Originally the Martinez cocktail called for Dutch genever but for a long time now has been made with London Dry gin. Jerry Thomas’ 1887 Bar-tenders Guide lists Old Tom as the main ingredient.

This recipe uses Thomas’ Old Tom gin which I think gives it a softer more balanced ‘ginny’ profile. I’m also not very fond of the malty genever. But if that is your preference then go for it.


Glass: cocktail


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish: orange zest and a maraschino cherry




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