Richard. He's a heckuva generous guy. He keeps his friends well stocked with great summer music, single-handedly turns out delicious three-course dinners, and pours one mean cocktail. I'm passing on his recipe for the Martinez, a drink that should definitely grace your patio this summer.
makes one cocktail
2 oz. Old Tom–style gin
1 oz. Italian red vermouth
1⁄2 tsp. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
2 dashes bitters (preferably Bitter Truth Aromatic Blend)
Strip of lemon peel
In a large glass, combine gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters, and 2 cups ice. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a strip of lemon peel over the top and drop it in.