The Cocktail Family Tree did not part with its branches when the Martini and Martinez broke from its trunk. Probably developed during the 1860-70s Italian Vermouth-run in the United States, the Martinez is the father – or, maybe the brother – of the more common Martini. Distinct from its whiskey-based cousin (the Manhattan), the traditional Martinez is a cocktail based in Gin with Italian Vermouth and Maraschino Liqueur. This afternoon, we break from tradition with our special variation of the Rum Martinez.
2 Parts Rum (Dark), Zaya 12-Year
1 Part Italian Vermouth. Cinzano
1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur, Luxardo
1 Dash Orange-Rum Bitters, Home-Made
Prepare your Cherry Wood in a tea strainer, ignite with flame. Pour Rum over Cherry Wood and let steep for 30-Seconds. Fill mixing vestibule with ice. Pour Cherry Wood-Infused Rum, Italian Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, and Orange-Rum Bitters into mixing vestibule. Stir until ice cold. Strain into your favorite goblet or glass.