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Master of Cocktails - The (Original) Martinez

by Ben Ellefsen     24. March 2014 12:21

Master of Cocktails The original Martinez

This week we're re-visiting a recipe for the first time on #MasterofCocktails – The Martinez.

The reason we're doing this is that the first recipe published way back in October was the distinctly modern version. Heavy on the gin, and light on Vermouth. Today we're going back to the old-school, with a 1:1 Gin:Vermouth recipe.

A quick glance in the Savoy Cocktail Book (first published 1930) reveals an exact 1:1 recipe.

Master of Cocktails Savoy cocktail book Martinez reicpe

And this is where we're going to be going with the drink today. This represents an excuse to get acquainted with the new Martini Gran Lusso too.

Master of Cocktails Martini Gran Lusso

Master of Cocktails Martinez ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients

  • 35ml St. George Botanivore Gin
  • 35ml Martini Gran Lusso
  • 10ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (or to taste)
  • 2 dashes Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters
  • Orange Peel (Garnish)
  • So, without further ado – grab yourself a bottle of Botanivore Gin from St. George Spirits and measure 35ml.

    Master of Cocktails St George Spirits Botanivore Gin

    Pop that into a stirring glass, and add 35ml of Martini Gran Lusso.

    Master of Cocktails Martini Gran Lusso

    Next up, 10ml of Luxardo Maraschino. This is quite a lot (I really like it), so feel free to dial this back to 5 if you like, then add this to the stirring glass too.

    Master of Cocktails Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

    Finally, 2 dashes of Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s excellent Boker's Bitters.

    Master of Cocktails Boker's Bitters

    Chuck in a handful of ice, and give it a stir.

    Master of Cocktails Martinez stir

    Now strain into a chilled coupette glass from the freezer.

    Master of Cocktails Martinez strain

    For the garnish, we need to peel a strip of Orange peel.

    Master of Cocktails Orange Peel

    Don't forget we need to trim any pith from the back of it first. Before:

    Master of Cocktails Orange Pith

    And After:

    Master of Cocktails No Pith

    You can also trim the edges of the peel if you're feeling extra-swanky.

    Master of Cocktails orange peel edges trimmed

    Now express the peel over the glass, and serve. The (original) Martinez.

    Master of Cocktails Original Martinez



    Remember, if you’re playing along at home be sure to take a pic and tweet it to @MasterOfMalt with #MasterofCocktails, as we’d love to see it! Here’s a delicious Penicillin cocktail that @TimeforWhisky made just last week!

    Master of Cocktails @TimeforWhisky Penicillin

    @TimeforWhisky's Penicillin

    The ingredients we’ll be using next time can be found below. A simple, but effective recipe coming up.

    Master of Cocktails Next Week

    Next week, you’ll be needing these...
    Rumbullion! Navy-Strength, Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, an Orange.


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