Gareth Franklin, Brand Ambassador for Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, had a “little play around” with Sibling Gin to concoct a cocktail that’s easy to mix at home with loved ones and one that Gareth feels has a “great warming effect, perfect for sipping in front of a fire on a cold winter’s day,” one he calls the Festive Martinez.
As you sip Gareth’s festive Cocktail , you can regale your companions with a historic tale of spirits that the ambassador represents. Luxardo’s origins date back to 1821 in the present-day Croatian town of Zadra situated on the country’s Dalmatian coast. Maria Canevari, wife of the consular representative of the Kingdom of Sardinia to the Venetian Republic, Girolamo Luxardo, began making liqueurs when the family moved to Zara (the Venetian name for Zadra) in 1817, especially “rosolio maraschino”, a liqueur that had been produced in the region since medieval times.
Maria’s recipe was so good that her husband opened a distillery to begin making it and was eventually granted special rights on the liqueur’s production by the Emporor of Austria which is why the liqueur is to this day labeled as “Privilegiata Fabbrica Maraschino Excelsior”.
Today, the sixth generation of the Luxardo family continues a centuries-long tradition of producing superior Italian spirits, one that in this case mixes well with Italian vermouth and Sibling Gin to make a version of the precursor to the most classic of gin cocktails, the Martini. According to Gareth, original recipes for the Martinez were vermouth-led “whereas today’s palate appreciates a more dry, gin-heavy drink. He suggests that you play around with the ratios to find your perfect serve!
40ml Sibling gin
20ml Sweet vermouth
10ml Luxardo Maraschino
1 dash Angostura bitters
A pinch of ground mixed spice (available in supermarkets)
Stir all ingredients over lots of ice for about 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry and an orange twist.