Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

Morlacco Martinez, A Spanish Italian American walks into a bar.

What is happening in cocktails and all things liquid “culture” is more than a revival of the classics, it is a full-blown UPRISING in the world of “drinks”. As someone who writes and researches for the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industries, it has never been more exciting.

When we look back on this time in another 100 years, we will see more than a few obvious “influencers” in the way of people, products and drinks.

Swizzle, Smash, Collins, Julep, Flip, Sour, Crusta…. Martini, Manhattan…Martinez. The drinks that became categories, the categories that confused drinks.

The Martinez, a now well-known revived classic cocktail has a hefty amount of myth surrounding it as being the “Mother Cocktail” of the infamous Martini.

The origin of the drink dates back to anywhere between the 1880’s, with varying stories from a town in California, to a man’s name. As self-proclaimed drinks historians, We have stopped trying to find the original origin of any drink and instead decide for ourselves in a drunken game of Clue kind of way. Wild accusations and presumptions until someone tells us we are wrong :).

Jerry Thomas 1887 reprint of Bartenders Guide has the most common recipe for the revival. 

Take 1 dash of Boker’s Bitters

2 dashes of Maraschino

1 pony of Old Tom Gin

1 wine glass of Vermouth

2 small lumps of ice

2 dashed of Gum Syrup (optional)

1 slice of lemon

A delightful drink in its classic form, and with modern gins and new/old vermouth, this cocktail soars again.

A great tidbit is that famous bitters man Adam Elmegirab’s re-created the Boker’s Bitters (bokersbitters.co.uk) to a historical recipe, making the drink possible again.

This cocktail, along with others, like the Aviation are part of the revival of Maraschino Liqueur and the re-creating friendships with real people and Gin again.

Here we take the classic and make a small changes with the other Cherry Liqueur from Luxardo, the Sangue Morlacco.

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The Perfect after work, before dinner cocktail

1 & 1/2 oz Jensen’s Old Tom Gin

3/4 oz Dolin White Vermouth

1/2 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino

2 dashes Boker’s Bitters

Sink of Luxardo Sangue Morlacco

Lemon Rind

Take gin, vermouth, maraschino, bitters and a large lump of ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has had the lemon oils expressed and rind in the glass. Sink the Sangue Morlacco into the glass slowly. This is a great expression of the Jensen’s Old Tom, made with Floral and fragrant botanical and not sugar added to classify it as “Old Tom”. Simply delicious. The Morlacco adds the touch of sweetness and mild tartness to the drink that a palate that like “G&T’s” will find balanced.

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