Awhile back I blogged about my friend Derek Brown's new bar The Gibson
, a cool, dark and handsome spot in the District for those who favor to savor a carefully
crafted drink from the cocktail's golden age. Recently I wrote a review about it for DC Magazine, along with info about drinks at some other hotspots
in and around 14th
Street. Check it out here
One of the many extremely well-made drinks is his Martinez, a precursor to the Martini made with Old Tom Gin (sweeter than most gins), floral Maraschino liqueur, sweet vermouth and orange bitters, and garnished with a flamed orange peel. Watch Derek demonstrate how to make it on Washingtonian's After Hours Blog.
Here is the recipe--if you dig both Martinis and Manhattans, and find yourself at a bar torn between which one to order, try the Martinez. It nicely fits in the middle.
Courtesy of Derek Brown, the Gibson
1½ ounces Old Tom gin
1½ ounces Dolin sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker, and stir 50 times. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a flamed orange peel