COCKTAILS with CALEB: THE MARTINEZ
Of all the cocktails proudly wearing the ‘classic’ badge, the Martinez is perhaps the most deserving. Often named the Father of the Martini, this is an old, old drink with a beautiful, burnt honey color and a complicated, but well-balanced, taste.
Speculated to be born out of San Francisco's The Occidental Hotel, where Jerry Thomas was bartender, was a popular drinking spot and good location for a respite in-between the journey from Montgomery Street to Martinez, the route and destination from which tourists took the ferry. The story goes that Thomas created this drink for a visitor bound to Martinez, which he subsequently named the cocktail after. However, Thomas had not published the Martinez in his edition of this cocktail guide dated to 1862, only writing about it in his 1887 version, circulated two years after his death.
This is a perfectly elegant post-dinner cocktail but carries enough spirit to see you through a night of debauchery. An added bonus for those still trapped in the quagmire of dating, is how much you can upsell your sophistication levels on a first date by ordering this drink. Just don’t get smug about it – you should have been ordering these for a long time now!