2nd #Cocktail of the #FridayNightCocktails on the 25th February: Classic Martini


The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages.

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H. L. Mencken called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”, and E. B. White called it “the elixir of quietude”.

The exact origin of the martini is unclear. The name may derive from the Martini brand of vermouth. Another popular theory suggests it evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez served sometime in the early 1860s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, which people frequented before taking an evening ferry to the nearby town of Martinez, California. Alternatively, residents of Martinez say a bartender in their town created the drink, while another source indicates that the drink was named after the town.

Numerous bartending guides of the late 19th century contained recipes for cocktails similar to the modern-day martini. For example, Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual (1888) listed a recipe for a “Martini Cocktail” that consisted in part of half a wine glass of Old Tom gin and a half a wine glass of vermouth.
Fill the glass up with ice
2 or 3 dashes of gum syrup
2 or 3 dashes of bitters; (Boker’s genuine only)
1 dash of Curaçao
1⁄2 wine glassful [1 fl oz] of Old Tom gin
1⁄2 wine glassful [1 fl oz] of [sweet/Italian] vermouth
Stir up well with a spoon, strain it into a fancy cocktail glass, squeeze a piece of lemon peel on top, and serve.

The first dry martini is sometimes linked to the name of a bartender who concocted the drink at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City in 1911 or 1912. The “Marguerite Cocktail”, first described in 1904, could be considered an early form of the dry martini, because it was a 2:1 mix of Plymouth dry gin and dry vermouth, with a dash of orange bitters.

During Prohibition in the United States, during the mid-20th century, the relative ease of illegal gin manufacture led to the martini’s rise as the locally predominant cocktail. With the repeal of Prohibition, and the ready availability of quality gin, the drink became progressively drier. In the 1970s and ’80s, the martini came to be seen as old-fashioned and was replaced by more intricate cocktails and wine spritzers, but the mid-1990s saw a resurgence in the drink and numerous new versions.

Martini (cocktail) – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For this recipe I’m using a “classic” Martini recipe, although one that differs from the one above.

1st Cocktail of #FridayNightCocktails on the 25th February: Martinez


The classic Martinez cocktail is widely regarded as a direct precursor to the Martini.

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The true origin of the Martinez cocktail is unclear. Two early stories attribute the making of a cocktail named the Martinez to bartender Jerry Thomas at the Occidental Hotel or by a bartender by the name of Richelieue who worked at a saloon in Martinez, California. Both stories are difficult to verify because records of drinks at the time are missing or incomplete, but the 1887 edition of Thomas’ The Bar-Tender’s Guide includes a recipe for the Martinez. It calls for a pony of Old Tom gin, a glass of vermouth, two dashes of Maraschino, and a dash of Boker’s Bitters with ice, garnished with a slice of lemon.

A 1884 drink guide by O.H. Byron released just a few years earlier also listed a recipe for a cocktail called the Martinez by saying only: “Same as Manhattan, only you substitute gin for whisky.” The book contained two recipes for a Manhattan, one of which called for 2 dashes of curaçao, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1/2 a wine-glass whisky and 1/2 a wine-glass of Italian vermouth.

A later 1888 guide by Harry Johnson, the New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual, listed a drink that may have been incorrectly spelled as the “martine”, without the letter “z”. Over time the alcoholic drinks further evolved regarding both their ingredient construction and names to become what were eventually considered as two different cocktails, the Martinez and the Martini.

Martinez (cocktail) – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Another story I’ve seen online says the miner ws in Martinez and asked for a celebratory drink to be made as their was no champagne; when he travelled to San Francisco he visited the Occidental Hotel and asked for the drink to be replicated.
There are a number of recipes available for the Martinez, but I am going with the IBA (International Bartenders Association) official version (this is the recipe included in the for use in the annual World Cocktail Competition (WCC).

6th #Cocktail of the #FridayNightCocktails on the 18th February 2022: Tennessee Highball


The 6th cocktail of the Friday Night Cocktail is the Tennessee Highball, a very popular cocktail pre-Prohibition which showed off the quality of Tennessee Whiskey. Made using the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee whiskey, this cocktail is best described as a cross between a highball and a sour.

4th #Cocktail of the #FridayNightCocktials on the 18th February 2022: Gentleman & Ginger


The fourth cocktail of Friday Night Cocktails is the Gentleman & Ginger which uses the Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey from Jack Daniel’s. The Gentleman Jack is filtered through sweet maple charcoal both before and after being casked instead of just after like the Old No. 7 resulting in a smoother flavour.

#FridayNightCocktails on 18th February


The #FridayNightCocktails on 18th February will use Tennessee whiskey as the main ingredient.

Jack Daniel’s is the best known Tennessee whiskey, but is not the only one. We will be using both the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 (the standard one with the black and white label) and Gentleman Jack (same spirit but double mellowed; i.e. filtered through maple charcoal both before being barreled (the Lincoln County process) and bottled, whereas the Old No. 7 is only filtered through charcoal before being bottled).

Tennessee whiskey is quite interesting; while all Tennessee whiskey is made in Tennessee, not all whiskey made in Tennessee is Tennessee whiskey.