Courtesy Will Oxenham, general manager, Dante, New York City
Often thought of as the predecessor to the gin-based Martini, the Martinez more resembles a classic Manhattan, a whiskey-based drink, thanks to genever’s malty notes. While some early mentions of the Martinez cocktail call for sweeter Old Tom-style gin, batch up this drink by the pre-chilled bottle with Genever as the sturdy anchor.
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce genever, like Old Duff Genever
- 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
- 3 dashes Boker’s Bitters (or Angostura Bitters)
- Lemon peel
- 3 brandied cherries, for garnish
Stir first 4 ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into chilled coupe or Nick & Nora glass.
Twist lemon peel atop drink to express oils, then discard peel. Garnish with brandied cherries.