So I’ve now tried three different dirty vodka martinis trying to figure out which concoction I liked best.
And I have a confession.
Pre-Hudson, I was learning to really dig martinis. I was tired of paying $12 for a glass of wine at a restaurant when I could buy a great bottle of wine for $15. I wanted a “go to cocktail” order that I enjoyed and felt special for those nights out.
So I started ordering dirty vodka martinis and it was becoming my drink of choice. Then came pregnancy. So after over a year of leaving my martinis behind, I got my cocktail shaker out again!
I kept making different martinis and I thought, “this doesn’t taste the same.” But I think the difference is: after not drinking vodka for so long, it no longer tastes the same? Does that make sense or has that happened to any of you? I still enjoy wine, beer and tequila, but my martini game has changed.
SO, I’m going to share my favorite combination of the three I tried. And I’m going to share another vodka recipe that masks the taste of vodka more strongly.
2 ounces of vodka (I used Belvedere)
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce green olive juice
2-3 large green olives (bonus if they’re stuffed!)
Combine vodka, vermouth and olive juice in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake, pour in a glass and top with olives.
And another vodka drink for anyone who has some rosemary in the backyard!
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup sugar
2 6-inch rosemary sprigs
2 oz vodka
Chilled club soda, seltzer or sparkling water
Bring lemon juice, sugar and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes. Let it cool for one hour and discard rosemary sprigs.
Fill glass halfway with ice. Add 2 TB syrup to the glass, then add vodka and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon and/or rosemary sprig.
If you have a favorite vodka drink, do share with the class! I’d love to hear. Thanks so much for reading and you can check out more cocktails, like this Bloody Mary or a Whiskey Rebellion, in the food & drink category of this site. Enjoy and thank you for reading! XO –