One of the first lessons a bartender can be gifted with is how to make a proper gin martini. The martini is the grand pappy of all cocktails in my opinion. The martini is a complex and delicate beverage packaged in a simple, short and easy recipe. It is the opposite of a superfluous cocktail. It focuses on the spirits, and allows the drinker to become intimately close with the cocktail itself. The martini is a respected tradition among bar professionals.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of sipping a proper martini, please don’t disservice yourself any longer and correct such an egregious oversight. After that, come back and try a few of these cocktails, which take a similar approach as the historic martini cocktail.

Each will be Gin-based, will include one or two additional liqueur modifiers such as Vermouth or Maraschino Liqueur, and will be stirred and served up. Additionally, the discerning palate wouldn’t shy away from comparing these cocktails adjacently, or with the use of varying gins. Either way, enjoy and cheers!

Martinez

1.5 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin

0.5 oz Sweet Italian Vermouth

0.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

1 dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice in mixing glass, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Tuxedo No. 2 Cocktail

2 oz Plymouth Gin

0.75 oz Dry Vermouth

0.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Absinthe rinse

Add scant amount of absinthe into a pre-chilled cocktail glass, or add absinthe and ice into cocktail glass. Add remaining ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice, and stir for roughly 30 revolutions. Rinse the inside of the cocktail glass with the absinthe and discard. Strain from mixing glass into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Ford Cocktail

1.5 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin

0.75 oz Dry Vermouth

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3 dashes Orange Bitters

Stir with ice in mixing glass, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Caprice

1.5 oz Gin (London Dry)

0.75 oz Dry Vermouth

0.25 oz Benedictine

1 dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice in mixing glass, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an lemon peel.

Alaska Cocktail

2 oz Gin (try a New Western Style like Hendrick's or Botanist)

0.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse

1 dash Orange Bitters

Stir with ice in mixing glass, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an lemon peel.
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