Often mistaken as the predecessor of the classic cocktail Martini, the Martinez is said to have been invented in 1874. The recipe for this cocktail drink was published in Jerry Thomas’ ‘The Bon Vivant’s Companion'.

Martinez (2)


  • 30ml

    Tanqueray No.Ten

  • 15ml

    Sweet Vermouth

  • 1

    Dash Orange Bitters

  • 15ml

    Maraschino Liqueur

  • 1

    Lemon Twist (Garnish)

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    Martini Glass

  • 1

    Ice Scoop

  • 1


  • 1

    Julep Strainer

  • 1

    Mixing Glass

  • 1

    Bar spoon

  • 1




  • Preparation
    1. Add all the ingredients to an Ice-filled Mixing Glass.
      lass with ice.
    2. Stir to mix, chill and dilute.
    3. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass.
    4. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.
  • Alcohol content

    1.4 standard drinks* per serve *One standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.

Interesting facts

The Martinez is considered to be the predecessor of the Martini.

History of the drink

The Martinez is a classic cocktail that can be traced back to the late 19th Century when it was a popular drink among the elite of San Francisco. The cocktail is believed to be a precursor to the classic Martini and was originally made with Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters.
The history of the Martinez is somewhat shrouded in mystery, with different bartenders claiming to have invented the cocktail. One popular story is that the cocktail was first served in the early 1860s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, where it was created for a gold miner on his way to the town of Martinez. The cocktail was said to have been so popular that it became a regular feature on the hotel's menu.
Over time, the recipe for the Martinez evolved with some bartenders substituting dry vermouth for sweet vermouth and others using different types of bitters. Some versions of the cocktail also include a dash of absinthe or orange liqueur.