I recently picked up a bottle of Hayman's Old Tom gin to play with. Old Tom is a style of gin that was very popular in 18th century London. It's sweeter and not quite as junipery as a London dry gin (think Beefeater). Hayman's is a new gin that uses an 18th century Old Tom recipe.
The Martinez is a cocktail that is perfectly designed for Old Tom gin, but if you don't have any on hand, please try it with a lighter gin like Plymouth or Citadelle. I like a 1:1 proportion of gin to sweet vermouth, but there isn't consensus on this ratio, try 2:1 if you'd like a more "spirited" drink.
Combine in an iced cocktail shaker:
- 1 ounce Old Tom gin
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 bar spoon maraschino liqueur
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Stir until very cold. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.