Master of Cocktails – The Martinez

Master of Cocktails Martinez cocktail

This week on #MasterofCocktails we made the Martinez – or rather, the more modern, gin-heavy version of the Martinez. We will, however, do the old-school, original version another time, as it’s utterly delicious and a completely different drink.

As ever, you could mix-along by following the hashtag above on Twitter on Sunday from 6pm, and we’ve included the pics you posted below along with the recipe in full.

At the bottom you’ll also find the ingredients we’ll be using next week, but without further ado, let’s get started!

Master of Cocktails Martinez ingredients

You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

The very first thing you’ll need to do is place a cocktail glass in the freezer. You know the drill by now.

Master of Cocktails Martini glass in freezer

Now you can get yourself a mixing glass, and add some ice straight from the freezer.

Master of Cocktails mixing glass

Measure out 50ml of gin. I’m using the excellent Terroir Gin from St. George Spirits.

St George Spirits Terroir Gin

Add this to the mixing glass and measure out 25ml of sweet Vermouth. Antica Formula is excellent, whilst a fine alternative would be Sacred Spiced English Vermouth.

Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

Finally, measure out 5ml of Maraschino liqueur and pop that in too.

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Now for the bitters. These excellent Boker’s Bitters made by Dr Adam Elmegirab are ace.

Dr Adam Elmegirab Boker's Bitters

A good couple of dashes of these chaps, then it’s time to stir.

Dr Adam Elmegirab Boker's Bitters

Here we go. Probably 20 seconds or so…

Master of Cocktails stirring

Now peel a strip of lemon.

Master of Cocktails lemon

We don’t want any white pith on this. This is how the back should look:

Master of Cocktails lemon peel

Squeeze (express, that’s the word) the peel over the drink, then drop it in. (Apologies for dirty nails here, I’d been planting cabbages – not a euphemism.)

Master of Cocktails expressing lemon peel

And there we have it. The Martinez cocktail. Sophisticated, light and delicious.

Master of Cocktails Martinez


Here are some pics from those who joined in last night (remember to use the #MasterofCocktails hashtag and we’ll be sure include your creations!):

Master of Cocktails Martinez by @Popher

@Popher used Caorunn Gin and Punt E Mes


Master of Cocktails Martinez by @LaFlafster

…whilst @LaFlafster used Cointreau (not pictured) in lieu of Maraschino.


Master of Cocktails Last Word by @Mattdsmithers

And here’s @Mattdsmithers’ Last Word from last week, made with Filliers’ 5 Year Old, no less!


So, for next week’s #MasterofCocktails recipe, here’s what we’ll be using:

Master of Cocktails Next Week ingredients

Next week, you’ll be needing these…

Bathtub Gin, BrewDog Dead Pony Club, Fentimans Ginger Beer, a lemon, fresh ginger and a pewter tankard.

You can get BrewDog Dead Pony Club in Sainsbury’s, or direct from their site.


Categories : Cocktails, Gin

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