The Martinez cocktail is the granddaddy of the martini. It combines sweet vermouth, maraschino/curaçao, gin, and bitters, resulting in a beverage sweeter than the classic elixir.
But despite being viewed as the martini‘s precursor, the Martinez cocktail’s history is pretty unclear. It’s said to have been created sometime in the 1860s or 70s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco.
As for the name, the hotel patrons came from the nearby town of Martinez, or maybe the cocktail was first created by a bartender from that town. Whatever its origin, the Martinez cocktail was first published in O.H. Byron’s The Modern Bartender, in 1884.
Here are the ingredients for making yourself a glass.