How to Make a Martinez Cocktail

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to make a Martinez cocktail, a precursor to the martini.

Released on 2/10/2009

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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Hi, this is Eban Freeman
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at Tailor Restaurant in New York City.
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The father of the Martini is a drink called the Martinez.
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Some people argue that's where the Martini got its name.
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It's unclear whether that's actually the story but
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it is clear that this drink is older than the Martini and
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shares some of the same attributes that a Martini has.
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This is a very old, very simple drink to make.
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Again, you don't need any juice,
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you don't need any special equipment.
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You just need your alcohol, a glass and some ice.
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So, we start with a chilled mixing glass.
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Into that glass, we add one dash of Angostura Bitters
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Next we're gonna add just a teaspoon of Maraschino.
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Then there's an ounce of gin.
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A full-flavored gin like this one made out in San Francisco
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by the same people who make Anchor beer,
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this is Junipero and it is a nice full-flavored gin
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that'd be closer to what the gins were back in the day
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when this drink was invented and popularly consumed.
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You're only gonna put one ounce in here.
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Then you're going to move on to your vermouth.
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And to this we're gonna double the ratio of gin
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and put two ounces into this drink.
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Now these are some strange ingredients
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and these are some strange methods of mixing this
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and proportions, but this is a drink
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that, right now, is very hot amongst a lot of
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the young mixologists and cocktail geeks out there.
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Not only 'cause it has such a long history but
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also because it highlights some unusual flavors.
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This is a stirred drink,
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so we're just going to add our ice
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and stir.
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Use your Julep strainer
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to strain this into, I like to use a coupe glass
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for this rather than a martini glass.
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Next, we're gonna add a twist of lemon.
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Now, this twist I'm actually gonna leave in the drink
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so, a little trick is, turn your twist over
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and then use your paring knife and
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shave away a little bit of that pith.
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A lot of the bitterness of a fruit peel is in the pith.
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So, if you carve that out it cuts down on that bitterness.
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Again, you may not notice it at first,
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but as it sits in the drink,
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that bitterness will start to grow.
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So just take your twist, and the reason it's called a twist
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is that you can extract the oil simply
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by twisting it like this,
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by holding each ends and just twisting it.
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And then take your twist and just drop it into the drink.
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And this is a drink that a lot of people don't know,
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that is becoming very popular and
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actually has a very long history to it and
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may very well be the father of the Martini.
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It's the Martinez.