Wicked Witch Martini

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Author Notes: Now that our kids are grown, my friends and I, although saddened that, for us, Halloween is no longer kid-centric, all do the adult thing: we make our own Halloween party and drink martinis! I always dress in my (menopause-appropriate) witch costume. I dust off my black hat, put on some scary shoes and a bad attitude, and, bearing a broom as a hostess gift, I go off into the night, to my friend Lynn's. Lynn decorates her house like crazy, and I help her make Wicked Witch Martinis. Here’s how to make 'em: - thecrabbycook

Food52 Review: This wickedly good dirty martini will keep the grown-ups entertained through trick-or-treat hour (and beyond). It has more vermouth than you might expect but goes down smooth and strong, just how we like 'em. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 2

  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon olive juice
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 2 green stuffed olives
  • 2 eyeballs, preferably fake
  1. Decorate two martini glasses with spiders and cobwebs and place them in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Combine the vodka, vermouth, olive juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled, about 20-30 seconds. Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses, add an olive and an eyeball to each glass, and serve.

Tags: Drinks, Halloween, Holidays

  • This recipe is a Wildcard Contest Winner!
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over 1 year ago taxidog

Gin is the classic, yes. A Vesper has gin and vodka. A vodka martini is a vodka martini. These days, anything served chilled up is called a "martini". Yeah it's wrong but let's try not to get all worked up about it. I have a lychee "martini" at a favorite restaurant; I manage to enjoy it despite the name. It's just a drink....


almost 2 years ago MaryAlice

This is a gin martini. There is no such thing as a vodka martini.


almost 2 years ago Stitty

Wish I had a dirty martini right now to help me through the workday!


about 2 years ago alimirzoev

Dirty Martini(classic coctaile)+Vesper(classic coctaile)=Wicked Witch Martini.Nice twist on a classic coctailes.


over 4 years ago martha1108

Did anyone find out where the glass is from?


over 4 years ago Federico_

Some say to make a great martini
Only gin will do it,
And if you mix yours up with vodka
You will live to rue it.

Others, though, like vodka best
to blend with vermouth in their 'tini
Make them both, then ask your guest
to choose between them, "eeny meeny..."


almost 2 years ago Rhonda35

I love this little ditty!


over 4 years ago JilNelson

The glass is beautiful. Where is it from?


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

TOO late I noticed that this recipe was sized for TWO, which I had neglected TO check earlier when I followed the recipe otherwise to a "T"....so I had a rather wicked happy-g0-lucky night of consumption, culminating with another sentence containing THREE more homophones.


over 4 years ago lapadia



over 4 years ago Sagegreen

This was the first martini I have ever made in my life. Not to worry, though. I phoned for a friend who helped finish the mix. I could barely get through one! Those who have met me in person realize I am quite petite in size. The drink is great.


over 4 years ago Midge

I'm in the gin camp myself, but these do sound refreshing!


almost 5 years ago quepasita

No way! *Proper* martinis are made with GIN, not vodka. Wicked Witch Fake-tini?


almost 5 years ago thirschfeld

well, just like any wicked witch, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder or in this case drinker


almost 5 years ago dymnyno

Oh, please...let's not start fighting about gin vs vodka! Then we would be wicked! (we all know real martinis are gin)


almost 5 years ago thirschfeld

dymnyno I am just stirring the steaming cauldron. I am not a fan of martinis so, personally it doesn't matter to me what you put in it. LOL.


almost 5 years ago Food52

This is from your friendly editors at Food52.

The vodka/gin debate is an age-old one (James Bond himself was in the vodka camp). If you prefer, make yours with gin! And play nice, please.


almost 5 years ago dymnyno

IF you are a real martini drinker, you should invest in proper martini glasses...they are shaped like an inverted witches' hat!


almost 5 years ago dymnyno

Wicked in my house is not vodka (bleh)...it is GIN! congratulations , anyway on a good name.


almost 5 years ago goldgirl

can't think of any reason not to make this right now, sans eyeball


almost 5 years ago katekirk

where's the eyeball in the pic??? nevermind, this is what I need to suffer through all the rugrats showing up at my house during football. :)


almost 5 years ago Waverly

What a perfect little pick-me-up for before, during, and/or after trick or treating! Congratulations!


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Cheers and Congratulations to thecrabbycook! As I said a few days ago, I would come trick & treating to your doorstep a couple times!


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats! What an antidote for our inner crabby cook!!!


almost 5 years ago cheese1227

Congrats. I will toast to you when I drink these.


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wonderful--congratulations on the Wildcard!


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Congrats! I'm gonna need a couple o these Sunday night....