Olive Oil Martini
An easy, pro bartenders’ infusion technique is the key to flavoring gin with rich and peppery green olive notes for an updated take on the classic dirty martini.
makes 1 cocktail plus extra infusion gin
1 day 5 minutes
While the world of vermouth is a beautiful and delicious one to explore, it is important to remember that lots of martini drinkers prefer their cocktails dirty. This riff on the dirty martini recipe makes use of a pro-bartenders’ infusion technique called “fat-washing”; it is a fun, easy-to-make alternative that provides layers of flavor and texture that are otherwise unattainable by simply splashing some olive brine into your cocktail shaker. Be sure to use a very fresh, pungent, and high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for the infusion.
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For the Olive Oil & Herb Gin
- One 750-mL bottle London dry gin
- 4 oz. (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 large sprig fresh thyme
For the Martini
- 2½ oz. (5 Tbsp.) olive & herb-infused gin
- ½ oz. (1 Tbsp.) blanc vermouth
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- Pitted green olives for garnish