2oz Dolin Blanc
.25 Luxardo Maraschino
Add all liquids to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Rinse a chilled coupe with Green Chartreuse and strain the drink into the coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Lighter and just a little sweeter than the traditional Martinez, this version has a taste somewhere between a Martinez and a Martini; although with the same ratios as the original, this drink much more favors the Martinez. Slightly more refreshing, this one will please most anyone who enjoys gin, with a basis in the past, and a nod to the present. The Green Chartreuse adds great herbal undertones to this one.
If you have it, substitute Elixir de Vegetal for Green Chartreuse to give the New Martinez a richer more complex bouquet of flavors. You can also scale this variation toward either the Martinez or Martini based on how much vermouth you use. If you like a slightly sweeter Martini type flavor, swap the ratio so it’s 2:1 gin:vermouth or greater. A great version is featured in Speakeasy, by the folks from Employee’s Only. I must swallow my pride and say, I think their version is the best I’ve tried. While their absinthe bitters is really good, I still prefer mine in a Chartreuse rinsed glass. The recipe is as follows:
- 2.5oz London Dry Gin
- .75oz Dolin Blanc
- .5oz Luxardo Maraschino
- 1.4ozAbsinthe bitters (buy the book for the recipe, well worth it)
- Lemon Twist
Bottomline: There are multiple ways to enjoy this cocktail, from the lighter but very similar version presented above to another new Martinez, a Martini/Martinez hybrid that is to die for, courtesy of Employee’s Only.