The Local Flavor
This really is about as close as it gets to our “hometown Cocktail”. Martinez (the town) is just a couple of miles down the road from our house. Granted, nobody is really sure whether the Martinez cocktail was created in a bar there, or created in San Francisco to commemorate the ferries to Martinez — but as far as I’m concerned, the cocktail tastes just as good wherever it was originally created.
Rumors of a bar in Martinez where this drink supposedly originated do circulate, and we’ve done a fair bit of research trying to find it, to no avail. There’s no record (that we can find) of where it actually was, and it’s certainly long gone by now.
GIN FORWARD WITH A TWIST
This is my go-to drink when I’m looking for something brighter than a Manhattan but still spirit focused. The orange bitters alongside the botanical nature of the gin make for a great combination. For folks who aren’t big fans of gin, go ahead and swap the Dry gin for a New American style – something perhaps more citrus forward with less of a juniper bite. It’ll still work great in this drink!