Fall

Citrus and olive martini

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February  4, 2011
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
Ingredients
  • 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
In This Recipe
Directions
  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.