Citrus and olive martini

February  4, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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I love food! I love to cook, eat, read about food, write about food, and enjoy meals with friends and family. I have been writing a food memoir for the past decade and am just about done! I epsecially love to create recipes using seasonal and local produce. I love to travel and wherever I go I shop at markets, cook, and try to take a cooking class.

9 Reviews

Gmdb April 3, 2023
I had to admit this martini recipe sounds interesting and I will definitely try it soon. However it is considered bad luck to have an even number of olives. Typically it's three but if not three then only one.
AppleAnnie February 9, 2011
Thanks for the recipe and the memory!!!
JoanG February 7, 2011
THanks everyone. Hope you try and like this!
mrslarkin February 7, 2011
oh, this sounds great!
NM E. February 6, 2011
"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!
Angela @. February 5, 2011
I was thinking martini too but had not considered mixing gin and vodka. Great idea.
lapadia February 5, 2011
Excellent use of olive and citrus...btw, I am a Bombay fan!
healthierkitchen February 5, 2011
Great idea!
Sagegreen February 5, 2011
Yes, this is!