1 1⁄4 oz Gin
2⁄3 oz Cynar
2⁄3 oz Sweet vermouth
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
Instructions

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Cocktail summary
Posted by jaba on 1/06/2014
Created by
Chris Hannah at Arnaud's French 75
Is of
unknown authenticity
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(38 ratings)
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  • To try
  • Solid. Well balanced and easy drinking. — ★★★★
  • OK if you like Cynar. Will make again to see if it grows on me. — ★★★
  • Sophisticated, Cointreau-like. — ★★★★
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Comments

This is truly an excellent, delicious drink that I have taught to several bartenders around the country, always crediting Mr. Hannah of course.  I just noticed that the find.eat.drink website has an entry for Mr. Hannah dated 18 July 2011, (http://www.findeatdrink.com/Index/Drink/Entries/2011/7/18_chris_hannah_…) that offers slightly different proportions:

1.25 oz Gin / 0.75 oz amaro /0.75 oz sweet vermouth / 0.25 oz maraschino liqueur / 2 ds orange bitters

I don't know that 0.66 oz (20 mL) will be all that different than 0.75 oz (22 mL) - perhaps the 20 mL version gives you more of a 50/50 drink (that is, 37 mL gin and 40 mL of the amaro/vermouth. I suppose you could go fully metric, too:

40 mL gin / 20 mL amaro / 20 mL sweet vermouth / 10 mL maraschino

Most of the recipes for this drink I've seen online seem to specify a London dry gin, but I think that an Old Tom gin would have been used when the original Martinez was made, and I think that Hayman's works quite well.

 


I made two of these last night with the recently released Cynar 70 - they were excellent! This is one of my favorite drinks, and I think I will be making it this way in the future. The increased alcohol content is not noticeable on the palate, but I did feel it. 


Has a Black Lodge to start the evening tonight, so I thought I would try one of these with Michter's single barrel rye instead of the gin. It works but definitely not as good as the original - the gin gives a much cleaner flavor, the whiskey dulls the drink.


With rye, this is close to a Little Italy and quite good as well.