With dozens of popular gins on the shelf and a growing number of vermouths, bartenders are taking creative license. So I solicited Martinez cocktail recipes from some "Top Guns" and discovered a variety of unique and sophisticated takes on the classic. At Clover Club, cocktail bar trailblazer Julie Reiner opts for slightly more gin than vermouth, using a traditional Old Tom Gin like Ransom which has a slightly sweeter disposition than a London Dry. Others, like Sipsmith Master Distiller, Jared Brown, prefer a junipery overproof (Navy strength) London Dry in smaller proportion to the vermouth so the drink is strong, but not overpowering. Brown also adds one DROP of absinthe, which, combined with the overproof gin, makes for a "boozier" cocktail. Like Reiner, Jillian Vose uses Old Tom Gin, but her recipe is heavy on the gin, calling for mostly Hayman's (a sweeter variety Old Tom) with a lesser amount of Ransom (which is spicier). Vose adds a teaspoon of Massenez Kirsch cherry brandy as well. Similar to Jared Brown and others, Zach White, Bartender at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, uses a bit more sweet vermouth with a "stiff" gin like Old Raj. Not a fan of maraschino liquor, White substitutes .5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao (which appears in place of maraschino in some old recipes).