Martinez Paradoxum

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22. September 2014 by swizzzlestick

Conditum was a family of spiced wines in ancient Roman and Byzantine cuisine. The Latin name translates roughly as “spiced”. In a nearby ancient Roman mansion in the centre of good old Germany I got hold of a bottle of re-designed Conditum Paradoxum, which can be translated as “surprise spiced wine”.

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This wine is already mentioned in De re coquinaria by Caelius Apicius, the oldest surviving cookbook of ancient Rome from the 3rd or 4th century.

mxmologoThe Conditum Paradoxum includes wine, honey, pepper, mastic, laurel, saffron, date seeds and dates soaked in wine.100_5982 (Large)

Why not trying this unknown ingredient that I have never used before, as Vermouth in a nice Martinez-style drink?

Let´s open this bottle and give it at try! The Mixology Monday topic “… The Unknown …” by abarabove is such fantastic opportunity. And here is the

Martinez Paradoxum.

Ingredients

1 oz. Old Tom Gin, 2 oz. Conditum Paradoxum, 1 dash Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, 2 dashes Maraschino (a liqueur from the city of Zadar in Dalmatia, obtained from the distillation of Marasca cherries), garnish: Lemon twist

Preparation

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Martinez Paradoxum

Ancient Rome merges with the father of the Martini, a great drink!

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3 thoughts on “Martinez Paradoxum

  1. amanda says:

    Hmmm I wonder where I can get my hands on some of that surprise spiced wine…looks good!

  2. […] I read the first word  in Swizzlesticks entry, Conditum, I knew we were in for a treat. He explains that Conditum is an ancient style of […]

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