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Martinez Cocktail

The Martinez cocktail is an absolute classic that can still be ordered and enjoyed in various cocktail bars. But you also have the option of preparing the drink quickly and easily at home. Discover our simple Martinez cocktail recipe and prepare the classic yourself!

Martinez Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 cl Gin
  • 6 cl Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 cl Maraschino
  • 1 dash Angustora Bitters

Step by Step Guide

  1. Add all ingredients one by one into a mixing glass together with ice cubes.
  2. Stir all ingredients well with a bar spoon for about 20 seconds.
  3. Then strain into a martini glass, grit with an orange zest and serve.
Martinez Cocktail
Recipe by Tim


The classic Martinez cocktail is prepared exclusively from alcoholic ingredients. Therefore, you do not need a cocktail shaker to prepare it. A mixing glass is sufficient for the preparation. Measure out all the ingredients one by one with a jigger and pour the liquids into a mixing glass. Add a few ice cubes and stir everything well with a bar spoon. Now strain through a bar strainer into a martini glass and garnish with an orange zest. Then serve or enjoy yourself!

This is what the Martinez Cocktail tastes like


36 Reviews

The Martinez Cocktail is a classic drink with a rather tart and intense flavour profile. Intensely alcoholic flavours of the gin as well as the botanicals can be detected. Thanks to the wormwood, slightly fruity and sweet flavours can be tasted as well as a bitter touch. This drink is most comparable to a Negroni or Manhattan cocktail. So if you are looking for a sweet and fruity refreshing cocktail, you should go for one of these. If you like more tart and bitter cocktails, you will love the Martinez!

Where does it come from?

The question of when, where and how the Martinez cocktail originated is still debated by bartenders and cocktail lovers. The most persistent rumour describes that the legendary bartender Jerry Thomas invented the drink after a guest from the port of the town of Martinez in California ordered a similar drink. However, the residents of the town of Martinez attribute the creation of the drink to a local and unknown bartender.

Over the years, there have always been new recipe variations, variations and the preparation with different gins and vermouths. In addition, different mixing ratios of gin and vermouth can still be found today. No matter which mixing ratio and which spirit you should choose: Try the Martinez cocktail yourself and let yourself be enchanted by its taste!

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