1 12 oz Old Tom Gin
1 12 oz Sweet vermouth
14 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 ds Bitters, Boker's (or angostura)
1 twst Orange peel (as garnish)
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. — ☆☆☆☆
  • 2:1 gin to vermouth — ☆☆☆☆
  • 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. — ☆☆☆
  • 4/26/20: 1.5 oz Ransom, 1.5 oz Dolin, 0.25 oz Luxardo, 1 dash Ango, 1 dash Regan's orange, orange peel. This drink may be salvageable with London dry gin. I just do not like old tom gin. — ☆☆
  • 3 ds orange bitters, 1 both gin, 2 carpano antica, 1/4 maraschino liqueur, stir, strain, orange garnish.
  • Prefer 2:1 gin to vermouth — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Try it with Ransom or other barrel aged gin. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • 04/20/18 - Made this with 1.5 oz. Ransom Old Tom, 1.5 oz. Cocchi di Torino, and 2 dash Angostura. Awesome flavor combination. The orange peel gives the nose a great profile. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Prefiro 2:1 com licor e Angostura de laranja — ☆☆☆
  • 3:2 Gin:Vermouth
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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.

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.

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.

Tried it at 2:1 vermouth to

Tried it at 2:1 vermouth to Old Tom but did 50/50 red vermouth (I used Vya) and Dolin Blanc  - I was concerned it would be too sweet with Carpano Antica, and but didn't want to introduce too much add'l bitterness or go towards a martini with dry vermouth.

6cl hendricks

6cl hendricks

3cl byrrh

1 bar spoon luxardo 

1 dash angostura aromatic

Hendricks adds crisp and pepper taste