I was surprised to hear earlier this month that Bols only just recently launched a Maraschino liqueur in the US. It’s been available elsewhere in the world for some time (and apparently they’ve been making it since 1830). So I naturally jumped at the chance to try a sample in one of my favorite recipes – the Martinez.
Whether this drink was created in Martinez, named for the folks who take the evening San Francisco Ferry to Martinez, or maybe even just named after a fellow named Martinez who created it – there’s no question, it’s a fantastic classic drink.
Luxardo Marascino vs. Bols Maraschino
When I told Chris I’d be making myself a Martinez, he volunteered to “suffer” through one of his own so we could do a comparison of the two liqueurs: Luxardo Marascino vs. the new Bols. (He’s such a trooper!)
Here’s what we found:
The Martinez with Luxardo:
This drink definitely had a stronger peppery note and a much longer finish. It’s balanced and (not surprisingly) delicious. A 750ML bottle will set you back nearly $35, but let’s be honest – it’s going to look great on your back-bar.
The Martinez with Bols Maraschino:
With the Bols liqueur, we found the maraschino flavor was a tad more mellow and muted. The finish was a bit shorter and I didn’t notice the pepperiness that we encountered in the Luxardo version. That said, I actually preferred this cocktail as a slightly mellower drink. Equally balanced and delicious, the Bols Martinez was still a great drink. It should also be mentioned, a 750ML bottle is significantly cheaper at around $18 – so this is a really good option if you’re watching your bar budget closely.
Whatever you’re using, the Martinez is a great cocktail that should definitely find its way onto your list. Have you tried the Bols Maraschino yet? How does it compare in your cocktails?