This little known cocktail has been making Gin lovers happy since well over a 100 years. I personally “discovered” it by reading the 25 Classic Cocktails ebook the other day, and since I had the ingredients, I gave it a whirl. You know what? I really liked it!
Thought to be introduced about 20 years after the Civil War in the beautiful state of California, the Martinez is a nichy beverage that combines some of the flavors we have come to expect from the Negroni (bitters, maraschino, Italian Vermouth, and Gin specifically) but simpler, more subtle, and because there is no Campari, a lot less intense.
Served in a coupe-style cocktail glass (smaller than a martini glass, and looks like a little bowl), at 3 ounces total, it is no wonder the humorist James Thurber once said, “One is alright, two is too many, and three is not enough.”
If you liked this post, you may also enjoy these links:
From Italy with Love, my Negroni Post
What your drink says about you, an opinion by the Dinner: A Love Story Folks