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Martinez – a true classic that’s listed under the IBA official cocktail under “the unforgettables”.

A cocktail widely known to be the precursor to the Martini, and it appears that the recipe came off a riff on the whiskey based Manhattan cocktail. The Martinez cocktail was originally made with genever / jenever or old tom gin, but most of todays modern serves are made with london dry gin.

Martinez is a cocktail template I enjoy alot to use, the combination of gin and vermouth is such wonderful combo. The modifyer in form of a sweetener and the choice of bitters, to match the gin and vermouth, is where I often make changes when I stir up a tasty Martinez cocktail to match my desired preferences.

Below I have provided three Martinez styled cocktails, that I wish that you’ll give a try. I really enjoyed these three serves and I wish that you’ll spoil yourself too, by stirring up these amazing cocktails too.

Cheers & enjoy!


IBA official recipe
  • 45 ml London Dry Gin
  • 45 ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Martinez – recipes

Martinez - Raspberry martinez

Raspberry martinez

50 ml Raspberry gin
25 ml Vermouth blanc
10 ml Chambord
1 bsp Yellow chartreuse

Method: Stir over ice & strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Yellow raspberries on a cocktail pick. Mist with absinthe over the cocktail

Martinez - Nordic martinez

Nordic martinez

50 ml Cask aged gin
25 ml Red vermouth
1 bsp Coffee liqueur
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash chocolate bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick

Martinez - Hey marti

Hey marti

50 ml Gin
15 ml Vermouth rosso
10 ml White vermouth
1 bsp Maraschino
Dash orange & mandarin bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass
Garnish: Lemon peel and a cocktail pick

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