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Martinez Drink Recipe – The Original Genever Version

MartinezRegarded by most cocktail historians as the forerunner of the Martini, the Martinez exists in many variations.

Although it is seldom drunk today, it's one of the classic cocktails for a reason, and definitely something you should try.

I mixed up one in the original fashion, using Dutch genever instead of the more typical London Dry gin.

Made in this way, you can think of the Martinez as a variation on the Manhattan, since genever has a flavor that is in some ways reminiscent of a young bourbon (along with the added botanical flavors, including juniper, that are usually found in gin).

The result is on the sweet side — you could cut back on the vermouth a little to modify that, if desired — but quite delicious.



1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


I recommend the Bols Genever for this cocktail, although you can substitute a different genever (prefreably of the oude variety) if that's all you have.

I used Martini sweet vermouth — any good sweet vermouth would work, just make sure it's fresh.

Marie Brizard is my go-to curacao, and it's definitely worth seeking out. If you don't have orange curacao, you can substitute Grand Marnier, although you might use a little less since it's sweeter.


Edit (4/18): The original inspiration for this post was based on something I read on Difford's Guide, which claimed genever as the spirit in the original Martinez. However, it now appears that the support for that claim is tenuous at best. When I asked David Wondrich about it, he prounounced it, "Unlikely. There's a divide in the late 19th century, with Holland gin going into the old classics and English gin in the new drinks…I [don't] believe that there's such thing as a Martinez as distinct from a Martini."