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Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino, Bitters

The precursor to the Martini.

Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm / 39.2 x 39.2 in

Same as Manhattan, only you substitute gin for whisky.

O.H. Byron, The Modern Bartender, 1884

With its botanically rich, red wine base, sweet vermouth is best buddies with gin. When mixed correctly, these two liquors create beautiful and elegant libations that are designed to sip and savour. The perfect example of this is the Martinez, the precursor to the Martini, a descendent of the Manhattan and one of my all-time favourite classics.

The origins of the Martinez cocktail remain shrouded in mystery. According to one tale, the renowned bartender Jerry Thomas may have crafted it for a patron en route to Martinez, California, although the city claims a local bartender as the true creator. What is indisputable is that the earliest published recipe can be found in O.H. Byron's 1884 book, The Modern Bartender’s Guide.

For this symbiotic relationship, a colour palette of purples, magenta and red was carefully selected to represent the harmonious recipe of gin, sweet vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino and Angostura Bitters.


2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

0.25oz / 7.5ml Luxardo Maraschino 

1.0oz / 30ml Sweet vermouth

2.0oz / 60ml Gin 

Orange twist 

Prepare an orange twist garnish. Fill a nick & nora with cubed ice and put it to one side. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cubed ice. Stir for 15-20 seconds. Discard the cubed ice from the service glass and pour the cocktail into it. Express the orange oils over the cocktail and position it on top.