In this episode, the Gents try two drinks that seem (on paper) to be very similar but (in mouth) are vastly different.
First up is an ancient tipple called The Martinez. At first glance you see gin and vermouth and you think, "Martini" right? WRONG! It calls for "Old Tom style gin". Its like regular gin but a little bit sweeter. The vermouth is sweet too. See for yourself.
2 ounces Old Tom style gin 1 ounce Italian Red vermouth 1/2 tsp Luxardo maraschino liqueur 2 dashes bitters (we used Angostura)
In a mixing glass, combine gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur bitters with 2 cups of ice. Stir to chill and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a strip of lemon over the top and drop it in.
Isn't this a nice amber coloured beverage? Taste is a little bit sweet but it doesn't come across too sweet because of the trick of the lemon oil we've spattered over the surface of the drink. Enjoy this 140 year old drink responsibly.
Next up is a classic dry Martini. The Gents couldn't believe that they hadn't done it already.
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a jumbo olive.
That's it. The big classic. If you would like it "drier", drop the amount of vermouth. If you like it "wetter" add more vermouth. Some old recipes even call for equal proportions of gin and vermouth. Mix it as you like it. You are after all the Harry Houdini, of your favourite Martini!
Please leave a comment and let us know if there are any drinks you would like to have us mix up.
Jason Dedrick, Dave Coyne and Fred Partridge enjoy classic cocktails of yesterday and today. Bring your liver along on a time travel trip to the good ol' days of elegant drinking! Be legal drinking age to view this website.