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How to make a Martinez Cocktail by cdbakunas
November 4, 2010, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Libations, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I just visited Boston and met two great bartenders at a new restaurant/bar/speakeasy, Foundry on Elm, in Somerville, Mass.

Ethan and Andy were kind enough to make a few  Martinez cocktails with me. FYI, the lemon rind absolutely makes the drink. No lemon rind and oil, 50% less good, truly. But what is the Martinez? Well, I’m glad you asked. This is the grandfather, the papi, the old guy that spawned the ubiquitous martini and manhattan.

Great and scintillating debate surrounds the origins of the Martinez. We are certain that the cocktail was born in the 19th century. Much credit flows towards bartender extraordinaire Jerry Thomas that this gin and sweet vermouth cocktail was first made at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco for a miner that was headed to Martinez, California (a town about 35 north and east of San Francisco – just north of Walnut Creek). Whatever the truth may be I do know that this is one helluva tasty cocktail when done well. Here’s the video recipe. Enjoy – Sante!

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