Muddied Meyer Martini

February  9, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Like JoanG, when I hear the word "olive", I immediately think: Martini! I have friends who maintain a perfect martini is a glass of ice-cold gin or vodka that they've waved in the general direction of Italy. I like a tad more flavor. This recipe is a spin on the classic dirty martini; added to the olives, olive juice and dry vermouth is homemade Meyer lemon-infused vodka. - wssmom —wssmom

Test Kitchen Notes

Move over James Bond: wssmom has created a new, more perfect martini that is simply sheer genius. If you are going to infuse vodka with lemon, then do make it Meyer. There is something intoxicating about Meyer lemons and when they team up with a great vodka, you make a perfect match. Purists might argue that martinis are all about gin, but not when you start with your own Meyer lemon vodka. I used Stoli vodka and waited 3 days before mixing this drink. I even waited for a civilized hour of late afternoon to test this out. The chilled glass is such a lovely touch. This drink comes together so well, I never realized how good a martini could be. The muddied olive juice and Spanish olives with Meyer's lemon vodka can be your new antidote to a stressful week. Thank you wssmom for this well-thought out recipe. This drink rocks! —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • The Meyer-infused Vodka
  • 4 (or more) Meyer lemons, cut into chunks, peel and all
  • A fifth of decent vodka
  • The Martini
  • 6 ounces of the lemon vodka
  • 1 ounce olive juice (Oliver's Twist, Dirty Tony's, Bevmo, etc). In a pinch, you can use the brine from a bottle of top-quality Spanish green olives
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 4-6 Spanish green olives, speared on a toothpick
  1. The Meyer-infused Vodka
  2. Put the chunks of Meyer lemon in a quart-sized (or larger) wide-mouthed glass jar, fill with vodka, and put in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Use any leftover vodka to make penne with vodka sauce or Bloody Mary's or something.
  1. The Martini
  2. Strain vodka into a shaker half-filled with cracked ice, add olive juice and vermouth. Shake briskly for 30 seconds or so, and strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the speared olives.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • wssmom
  • Sagegreen
  • Lizthechef
  • drbabs
  • SwoonMySpoon

15 Reviews

wssmom July 11, 2011
Yes yes!
Sagegreen July 9, 2011
I really loved testing these!
wssmom July 9, 2011
Your comments were AMAZING and I am soooo glad you enjoyed these! Heading up to Maine tomorrow (with the Meyer vodka) and planning on making a pitcher for my brother and sister-in-law -- poolside, of course!
Sagegreen July 10, 2011
Luckies! Enjoy. Someday, somewhere, we will have to have a meet up!
Lizthechef July 8, 2011
I think I'm about to try my first martini...Missed this first time around.
wssmom July 8, 2011
I do hope you like it!
drbabs July 8, 2011
If I can find Meyer lemons in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the dirty martini lovers in my family are going to be in for quite a treat!
wssmom July 8, 2011
SwoonMySpoon February 24, 2011
Yeah, it rocks!
wssmom April 2, 2011
Sorry I just saw your comment -- thanks!! My bad!!
SwoonMySpoon February 20, 2011
I made this last night for friends. We all loved it. I'm filing it in my "keepers" recipe box.
wssmom February 21, 2011
It is a great libation to share with friends! I am thrilled you all enjoyed it!
Sagegreen February 19, 2011
Chilling the glass is such a nice touch. I just uploaded my result. Love your recipe.
wssmom February 20, 2011
I am so delighted you enjoyed it!! Cheers!
wssmom February 24, 2011
Just read your tasting comments .. I am so humbled! And so thrilled you liked it!