The Upper West Side

A riff on the classic Martinez, this juniper-forward drink also adds a bite of botanical with the addition of Fernet-Branca.
A riff on the Martinez, meet The Upper West Side.
A riff on the Martinez, meet The Upper West Side.

You know the feeling when you're one ingredient away from nailing down a delicious cocktail recipe? That was the experience I had when creating "The Upper West Side," a riff on the classic Martinez. Today's vast variety of gins (from Old Tom to London Dry) and sweet vermouths (from Carpano Antica to Punt e Mes) gives mixologists a plethora of flavor profiles to choose from, so as always, it all comes down to your personal preference.

Named after its place of origin, this cocktail highlights a drier, juniper-forward gin, complemented by the traditional ingredients used in a Martinez and modified with an addition of the robustly botanical, herbal Fernet-Branca.

The classic Martinez recipe calls for Boker's bitters (the original is no longer in existence), but I substituted with Angostura bitters. This riff provides a bit more depth with the addition of Fernet, and the balance of flavors should leave any enthusiast eager to try.

The Upper West Side

  • 1.5 oz. oz Gin (I used Sipsmith, but any juniper-forward gin will suffice)
  • 0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino
  • 0.25 oz Fernet-Branca
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Fresh mint
Directions: Add all ingredients into mixing glass with ice, stir until cold/diluted (about 35-50 stirs), strain into glass and garnish with mint.

Tyler Zielinski is a NYC-based home bartender/cocktail enthusiast who shares original cocktail recipes and imbibing experiences via @bon_vivantito on Instagram.

Aperitif Week is Brought to You By:

From our partners