Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? Enter the Home Bar Project. Through this series we are going to take this challenge piece by piece. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and make sure the spirits you purchase aren’t collecting dust on your back bar.
The classic martini may seem like the oldest drink in the book, but it’s not. There was a cocktail that came before the martini, and it was called the Martinez. Before French or Dry Vermouth arrived in the states, people were mixing their gin with Sweet Vermouth. The origination of this drink is a bit fuzzy, but most likely, the Martinez was born in San Francisco in the 1860’s. It is said that travelers would enjoy a Martinez at the Occidental Hotel, before taking a night ferry over to the town of the same name. The addition of maraschino and vermouth makes this cocktail much less dry and sharp than the traditional Martini. If you want to learn to truly enjoy a Maritni, the Martinez is a great place to start.
London Dry Gin
Maraschino Syrup (1:1 Maraschino to Simple Syrup)
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About the instructor:
Dan Lan Hamm is a craft bartender at 1 Tippling Place in Philadelphia. He was Pennsylvania's winner of Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in 2014. He runs Spirit Forward, a cocktail-centric group which caters local events and provides educational workshops.
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