In cocktail history there is often confusion as to the origins of various drinks. Put inebriation into documentation and there is surely going to be some foggy spots. Before the Martini, before the Manhattan there was the Martinez. Or was the Martini first? In any event it all started around the mid-19th century as cocktails became more elaborate and standards were born. The Martinez most probably got its name from either the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco or from a Bar in the small town of Martinez, along the ferry route from San Francisco. Professor Jerry Thomas takes claim to the drink and published his recipe in 1887 which is considered to be the correct assemblage of ingredients. Regardless of its provenance, the cocktail is an important classic and one worthy of revisiting. It is a drink with complex flavors and one we like best painfully cold. The Original Jerry Thomas Recipe is as follows:
- 1 part Old Tom Gin
- 2 Parts Sweet Vermouth
- 1 Bar Spoon Maraschino
- 1 Dash Boker’s Bitters (Angostura)
- Twist of Lemon
Shake all parts vigorously and strain into a Martini Saucer. It is sweet and strong with a bitter edge and ripe fruit character. It is a perfect Cocktail for the winter season.