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
your favorite plain vodka
your favorite gin
strips of thin lemon peel
large, pimento-stuffed olives
capful of dry, white vermouth
In This Recipe
Mix gin, vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard and quickly.
Strain and pour into 2 chilled martini glasses).
Garnish each glass with la emon twist and 2 olives (on a toothpick
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.