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    The Martinez | A Classic

    This incredible classic cocktail originates between 1860’s – 1870’s, and consists of gin, sweet vermouth, marischino liqueur and bitters.

    The Martinez is the precursor to the Martini and has had a significant influence on cocktail history. Per punchdrink.com, “There are some squabbles amongst historians as to where the drink came from: some say a bar in the city of Martinez, California; others credit Jerry Thomas making it for a traveler headed to Martinez.”

    However, we do know The Martinez made its first print appearance in the 1884 book, “The Modern Bartender’s Guide” by O.H. Byron, and appeared again in 1887, the “Bartender’s Guide” by Jerry Thomas.

    Enjoy the good vibes.

    • 2 oz Tanqueray Gin
    • .5 oz Martini Rossi Vermouth
    • .5 oz Boomerang cherry liqueur
    • 3 dashes Angostura bitters Garnish with orange swath

    Add all ingredients to your mixing glass, stir for 45 seconds and strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.


    • I started off working for non-profits, then teaching at charter schools in marginalized communities throughout Chicago, Oakland, CA and Portland, Oregon. My passion for learning, teaching and history is undeniable, but I was struggling financially, so I began moonlighting as a bartender just to make ends meet, and unexpectedly fell madly in love with every aspect of the bar business. For my squad and I, it is about so much more than making a great cocktail. It’s about memories, music, history and sharing those moments, ensuring you embrace the present, reflect on the past and securing a bright future. Javier is the President/Historian for The Wildflower Squad which is Bartending Service for Private Events as well as offering consulting for Bar owners.

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