1 12 oz Old Tom Gin
1 12 oz Sweet vermouth
14 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 ds Bitters, Boker's (or angostura)
Stir, strain, cocktail, orange twist
Some recipes call for dashes of Maraschino instead of the 1/4 ounce here. It is better to add sweetness or remove it by altering the Maraschino than the sweet vermouth. The "Martinez Special" as made by Andy Arrington is 3:2 Ransom Old Tom : Carpano Antica, with 1 t Luxardo Maraschino and 2 dashes of Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters, and no garnish. The T Martinez, and made by "T" of Bergamot in Somerset, MA is 1 oz each Gin and Carpano Antica, with 1 teaspoon Campari, and a dash each of Regans' Orange and Peychaud's.
From other users
  • Very challenging. Strong coriander flavor from Ransom. Liked it better with some lemon and dilution. — ☆☆☆☆
  • 2:1 vermouth to gin is more historically accurate according to Wondrich. Regan goes 2:1 gin to vermouth making it more of a sweet martini. — ☆☆☆☆
  • The Antica and orange twist dominate, not unhappily. The "T" variation is good; strong cinnamon flavor on the finish. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Original version is 2-1 vermouth to gin. This is a nice drink but very sweet. — ☆☆☆
  • 3 ds orange bitters, 1 both gin, 2 carpano antica, 1/4 maraschino liqueur, stir, strain, orange garnish.
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Zachary Pearson's picture

I merged this with the

I merged this with the Martinez #2, and reverted it to the original proportions, as per the PDT book.

Zachary Pearson's picture

I merged the Martinez Special

I merged the Martinez Special into the Martinez.. The original eG post is here. Though it wasn't called the Special by Andy Arrington (who made it), it made its way here. The recipe is preserved in the notes section, but with correct attribution on the bitters.

Zachary Pearson's picture

And merged the T Martinez

And merged the T Martinez into this, with the recipe in the notes as well. I appreciate everyone's understanding in trying to take 6 different Martinez recipes down to 3.

Pretty great as a perfect

Pretty great as a perfect cocktail with Ransom Old Tom and 50/50 Punt e Mes and dry vermouth.

DrunkLab's picture

Dan, sounds like a pretty

Dan, sounds like a pretty different drink, something between a Red Hook and a Gonzalez.

Kindred Cocktails's picture

What's a Gonzalez? Dunno

What's a Gonzalez? Dunno about being a different drink. I figure Ransom is a valid Old Tom, Punt e Mes is a valid sweet vermouth, and splitting the sweet vermouth in any drink with dry just makes it perfect, no? A regular Martinez with these ratios is pretty sweet, and the lack of bitterness in a normal sweet vermouth doesn't help.

DrunkLab's picture

The Gonzalez is a Death & Co

The Gonzalez is a Death & Co drink, a gin Red Hook. I just added it to the database. And fair enough.

Death & Co Martinez is

Death & Co Martinez is

2 oz Old Tom (1 1/2 Hayman;s, 1/2 Ransom)

1 oz Sweet Vermouth (House, split Punt e Mes and Dolin Rouge)

1/2 teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino

1/2 teaspoon Kirsch (Massenez Kirsch Vieux Cherry Brandy)

1 dash house orange bitters

lemon twist.