Often thought of as the 'father' to the infamous gin martini, the Martinez may just be more like a cousin than a father. It uses sweet vermouth (instead of dry) and few other extra ingredients that differentiate it from it's clear relative. It's true origins are a bit of a mystery.
For the educated drinker, you might also see a resemblance to the Manhattan, which mixes bourbon/whiskey with sweet vermouth.
Stories abound about the true origin, but really who gives a shit when the drink is this good?
The great thing about gin is the variety. From one brand to the next, you'll find different proprietary recipes of botanicals, different base spirits and methods of distillation and even different methods of infusing those botanicals. One gin that we've grown pretty damn fond of is Uncle Val's. Actually, we should say three gins, because Uncle Val's produces three distinct varieties - Botanical, Restorative and Peppered - all of which will be served up at Juniper June.
For this version of the Martinez, we're using the Uncle Val's Restorative Gin, made with the classic mix of juniper and gin botanicals, with the addition of cucumber and rose.
cocktail mixing glass
1.5 oz Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
1.5 oz Carpano Antica (sweet vermouth)
1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
wist of lemon zest for garnish
Start by chilling your glass. This is essential for any cocktail, especially one that you're serving without ice. Add the Uncle Val's Restorative Gin, Carpano Antica, Luxardo and bitters to a cocktail mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill and strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with lemon twist.