The martini was born in 1862 (at least, that’s one story). Called a martinez, this is the recipe from “Prof” Jerry Thomas’ 1887 bartender’s guide. Bear in mind, the vermouth and bitters would not have been the same as today.



  • 4 parts sweet vermouth
  • 1 part Old Tom gin
  • Bitters
  • Gum syrup
  • Maraschino liquor
  • Lemon


Combine all ingredients (save the lemon) in a mixing glass. Add ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a coupe glass. Place the lemon in the glass, and serve.


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