The Martinez, which sits somewhere between a martini and a Manhattan, is one of those classic drinks that bartenders can quibble over — some defend a higher ratio of gin to vermouth, some champion the opposite, and gin styles are up for debate. The recipe has been in circulation since the 1880s, without any discernible origin. At Oak Long Bar + Kitchen at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, bartenders favor more gin, making it more bracing than sweet, but classic all the same — especially as the runover is served in a small vessel on ice, chilling for later. The drink and its presentation perfectly fit the old-world setting.
Makes 1 drink
2 ounces gin
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
¼ ounce maraschino liqueur
1 lemon twist (for garnish)
1. Into a cocktail shaker over ice, pour gin, vermouth, and maraschino liqueur. Stir for 30 seconds.
2. Strain into a coupe glass.
3. Garnish with lemon twist
Adapted from Oak Long Bar + Kitchen at Fairmont Copley
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