Cocktail Of The Day- because it’s always cocktail hour somewhere in the world. You know, for all the cocktails I’ve had over the years, I only had my first martini this past summer. It was a warm evening on the July 4th weekend in Bend, Oregon and a few friends took me out to Tumalo’s- an old school steak house where the strip loin is cooked to perfection and comes with sides like shrimp cocktail and baked beans. Everyone at our table ordered a martini and I most definitely didn’t want to be the odd man out so I joined in on the fun.
The drink came in a mason jar, chilled to perfection and served with a hawthorne strainer so you could slowly pour the generous portion into a separate glass. It was crisp and clean and beautiful and it made me sad that I spent the better part of 30 years not sipping on one of those bad boys!
So today we’re making up for lost time! This time I decided to go with a dirty martini which, to me strikes the perfect balance of bold and sultry. Sable and Rosenfeld’s Gin Lemon Tipsy Olives add elegant savoury and citrusy notes. I decided to use one of my favourite spirits I’ve tried over the past few years- the Horseradish-infused vodka from the folks at Kachka in Portland, OR. If you are unable to get your hands on a bottle of Kachka vodka, you can make your own horseradish-infused vodka by adding about 2 oz of fresh, chopped horseradish to a bottle of vodka (750ml) and letting it sit for 24 hours. Sample vodka and add honey 1 tsp at a time to cut spice and astringency as needed.
1.25 oz Horseradish-Infused Vodka
1.25 oz Vodka
0.25 oz Dry Vermouth
4 Sable and Rosenfeld Gin Lemon Tipsy Olives
Muddle one olive in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add horseradish infused vodka, plain vodka and vermouth. Stir over ice until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon oil from lemon peel and 3 olives.
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