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Alice says: Can’t decide whether to have a martini or a manhattan tonight? Then have a martinez! Widely regarded as the precursor to the martini, this martini/manhattan hybrid was originally made with either genever or old tom gin, two juniper spirits with a more full-bodied, sweeter style (and often a bit of cask character, too). In this version, maraschino liqueur steps in to provide some sweetness and body, and the Angostura adds woody spice. Extremely sophisticated.

Recipe extracted from The Cocktail Edit by Alice Lascelles (£16.99, Quadrille). Photography by Laura Edwards.


  • 40ml dry gin
  • 25ml red vermouth
  • 5ml Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • dash of Angostura bitters
  • orange twist, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice and add the ingredients. Stir for 20-30 seconds, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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