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Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin brings extra flair to this recipe, adding sweeter notes of marasca cherries and juniper to the herbal and tangy Martinez.


1 ½ oz. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Originale Liqueur

1 ½ oz. sweet vermouth

2 dashes of bitters

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries for garnish
Orange peel for garnish


Step 1

Add Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Originale, sweet vermouth, and two dashes of bitters to a beaker filled with ice, then stir until chilled.

Step 2

Strain into a chilled glass. 

Step 3

Garnish with an orange peel twist and a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.


with a 2019 twist

Year of Origin

Sour Cherry Martinez

A classic precursor to the Martini, with foggy Bay Area origins.

Make this classic at home.

Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

Luxardo Maraschino Originale

       t seems that legend can’t decide whether this
       19th-century cocktail was created first by
Jerry Thomas at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, or by bartender Richelieue at a saloon in Martinez, California —  but what IS known is that Luxardo was absolutely there for the inception of the Martinez, as evidenced by Thomas’s guide for the original recipe: a “pony” of gin, a “glass” of vermouth, a dash of bitters, and two dashes of Luxardo Maraschino Originale.


Since then, the recipe has passed through many bartenders with various recorded changes, but the herbal and sweet Luxardo Maraschino Originale — as well as the ease with which the cocktail is made — has remained consistent throughout.



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