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The Martinez, a Genever-Based Manhattan

Courtesy Will Oxenham, general manager, Dante, New York City

Often thought of as the predecessor to the gin-based Martini, the Martinez more resembles a classic Manhattan, a whiskey-based drink, thanks to genever’s malty notes. While some early mentions of the Martinez cocktail call for sweeter Old Tom-style gin, batch up this drink by the pre-chilled bottle with Genever as the sturdy anchor.


2 ounces sweet vermouth
1 ounce genever, like Old Duff Genever
1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
3 dashes Boker’s Bitters (or Angostura Bitters)
Lemon peel
3 brandied cherries, for garnish


Stir first 4 ingredients in mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into chilled coupe or Nick & Nora glass.

Twist lemon peel atop drink to express oils, then discard peel. Garnish with brandied cherries.

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