November 14, 2010
Some days, I know around 3:00pm I’ll be ready for a martini after work. Then I start to think, “do I have everything?” and 9 out of 10 times, I don’t have olives. To shorten the gap between leaving time and martini time I stop at Duane Reade on my way to the train and pick up a jar of B&G Olives. They may be questionable in texture and saltier than the gourmet variety but they deliver the dirty to my vodka martini.
Mixing a martini can seem daunting but in actuality it’s simple. People approach vermouth differently but my favorite technique is to pour a little vermouth in a shaker with ice.
Shake it up a little, pour out, and discard the vermouth. This coats the shaker and the ice with the perfect amount of vermouth. Then I add one half of a shot glass (about one once) of olive juice to make it dirty and two ounces of vodka. Using a jigger makes the measurements easy, the small side is a half ounce and the larger side equals one ounce. Just stir and pour. Pop in a few olives and you are done. It is really that easy.