Cocktail Perfected: The Martinez

Martinez cocktailNaoto is working a ton. We don’t get to see each other a lot during the week, but Thursday nights are sacred. Naoto comes home at a decent hour and we have a little week night date night. Last night our date consisted of dining on spaghetti squash (my recipe needs a lot of work), watching the Blackhawks lose and drinking a Martinez. (Yes, we are very wild around the Adami Hasegawa household.)

Upon returning from The Girl & The Goat, I immediately began researching the Foghorn cocktail I had enjoyed (gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino, bitters). I found the Martinez, a precursor to the martini. The original Martinez is heavier on the sweet vermouth than the gin (often a 2:1 ratio), but of course, I prefer the taste of gin, so I have been making the lighter version of the cocktail. I’m not sure either one is exactly the Foghorn, but it’s a good make-at-home substitute that I can always enjoy (since it involves staples from my bar and very little effort!)

The Martinez

2 oz gin (I used Letherbee)

1 oz sweet vermouth

1/8 oz (or 1 barspoon) maraschino liquor (Luxardo)

2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice until thoroughly chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange (or lemon in a pinch!) twist. Enjoy on the couch on a weeknight date.

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Have a good weekend! I’m super excited to attend an LWA Halloween Mail Art Party at Greer tomorrow! I can’t wait to share next week!

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  1. […] & the Goat last summer. When I got home and googled the ingredients, I kept coming across the Martinez which led me to the barrel-aged Martinez. I was really excited to try aging cocktails, especially […]

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