I can’t tell you how excited I am for fall. I love the colorful leaves, crisp, sunny days, and all the wonderful seasonal produce and drinks. Summer is not quite over yet, though, so l wanted to make a cocktail that would encapsulate the best of both seasons. So here you have it! This Martinez cocktail is sweet and warming, but it also has a hint of peach to remind you of summer.
What is a Martinez Cocktail?
The Martinez is one of those classic cocktails that you will keep coming back to over and over again after you learn how to make it.
It’s a gin-based cocktail with a rather murky past. According to this article from Imbibe Magazine, there is a lot of debate around whether it originated in the East or the West coast. Little else is known about its origins other than the fact that the earliest recorded versions date back to the late 1800s.
In addition to gin, a Martinez is traditionally made with sweet vermouth, orange and/or Angostura bitters, and maraschino liqueur. I have stayed pretty close to the original, but added peach bitters to make it more interesting. I have also replaced some of the sweet vermouth with Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth that is half sweet and half bitter. The extra bit of bitterness from the Punt e Mes keeps the finished cocktail from becoming cloyingly sweet.
As you can tell from the ingredients listed here, the Martinez is supposed to be a spirit-forward, slightly sweet cocktail with a hint of bitterness.
Some Tips for Making a Delicious Martinez Cocktail
- Bitters sound like an exotic ingredient but they are a great investment. Remember that most cocktails call for one or two dashes of bitters, so they will last you forever. You can find the peach bitters that I used in this cocktail here.
- If you can’t find the peach bitters, you can always make peach-flavored simple syrup. I wrote a post on how to make fruit-infused syrups in case you want to check it out.
- Make sure to use sweet vermouth, not dry. For this cocktail I used a combination of Carpano Antica and Punt e Mes, both Italian vermouths.
- The type of glass you use matters. Martinez cocktails are traditionally served in coupe glasses, meaning that they are a short rather than a tall cocktail. If you were to serve this in a pint glass, for example, it would make it really difficult to enjoy the aroma of the drink. You can find really sturdy coupe glasses on Amazon or you can visit your local thrift store to see if they have some cool, vintage ones.
Peach Martinez Cocktail
This classic, gin-based cocktail gets some sweetness from sweet vermouth and some bitterness from peach and orange cocktail bitters. It will warm you up while also reminding you that summer is not quite over yet.
- 1.5 oz gin (I used the Botanist)
- 0.5 oz sweet vermouth (I used Carpano Antica)
- 0.5 oz Punt e Mes
- 0.25 oz maraschino liquer
- 2 dashes of Reagan's orange bitters
- 2 dashes of peach bitters
- Peach slices (to garnish)
- Step 1 Fill a mixing glass with ice.
- Step 2 Pour all of the ingredients for the cocktail into the mixing glass.
- Step 3 Stir until well chilled.
- Step 4 Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a peach slice.
- Step 5 Serve immediately.
Here are some other classic cocktails with a twist that you might enjoy:
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