1 ½ oz. Old Tom gin
¾ oz Italian vermouth
1 small tsp. Maraschino liqueur
2 Dashes orange bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice cubes. Add all ingredients and stir well with a long spoon until outside of shaker is frosty. Strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
This cocktail is a venerable one, making its first appearance in print in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas' Bon Vivant's Companion, the U.S.'s first bartender's guide. Don't be afraid of the appearance of maraschino liqueur. It bears absolutely no resemblance to the bright red maraschino cherries, despite sharing the name. In fact, maraschino liqueur has a nice nutty sweetness that will knock your socks off in small doses (use Luxardo). You'll also notice the gin that's called for is Old Tom. If you're used to good old London dry gin, Old Tom will be a new treat for you. It's considered a "wet" gin and the only way to understand the difference is to try them both. Ransom makes the best Old Tom, in my humble opinion. Carpano Antica sweet Italian vermouth will make the best version of the Martinez. Lastly, I prefer Regan's orange bitters. You might not have any of these liquors hanging around your house, but once you have a Martinez you'll likely always have them on hand henceforth.