With renewed interest in quality cocktails and small batch liquors there is no shortage of trendy bars around town. Classic cocktails have stood the test of time for a reason and we always find ourselves coming back to them. However, as much fun as it is to go out once in a while, when we want a no frills serious drink made in the classic style, we make it at home. The Martinez is the older, more mature cousin of the martini made with sweet vermouth. This drink is heavier on vermouth than gin, thus a bit sweeter but nevertheless well rounded with a slight bitter finish.
yield: 1 serving
2 oz Carpano Antica
1 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
splash Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
dash orange bitters (we used homemade orange lavendar)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add 2 handfuls ice. Stir gently until mixture is chilled and strain into a glass. Cheers!