Citrus and olive martini

By • February 4, 2011 • 8 Comments

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Author Notes: While others may think of a tagine or a pasta dish, when I think of citrus and olives, I think: Martini! My father was a devoted martini drinker, enjoying a gin martini on the rock every day at 5 PM until the day he died (at the age of 86). He used a twist of lemon along with one or two pimento-stuffed olives. I love that combination and carry on the tradition. However, unlike my father, I have adapted a combination of half gin and half vodka, served straight up. I find this combination very smooth and seductive. My father loved Beefeater’s gin, but I prefer Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire. My vodka of choice is a local organic vodka, called Prairie. Nevertheless, Dad, this drink is dedicated to you!JoanG

Serves 2

  • 2 ounces your favorite plain vodka
  • 2 ounces your favorite gin
  • 2 strips of thin lemon peel
  • 4 large, pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 capful of dry, white vermouth
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Mix gin, vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard and quickly.
  2. Strain and pour into 2 chilled martini glasses).
  3. Garnish each glass with la emon twist and 2 olives (on a toothpick
  4. Take a sip, enjoy, and know that life is good.
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over 3 years ago AppleAnnie

Thanks for the recipe and the memory!!!


over 3 years ago JoanG

THanks everyone. Hope you try and like this!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

oh, this sounds great!


over 3 years ago NM Expats

"The trouble with the world is that everyone is a couple Martinis behind..." :)
Always been a believer that a true Martini is made with Gin, but this sounds like fun!


over 3 years ago Angela @ the well-worn apron

I was thinking martini too but had not considered mixing gin and vodka. Great idea.


over 3 years ago lapadia

Excellent use of olive and citrus...btw, I am a Bombay fan!


over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Great idea!


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Yes, this is!