I started out drinking rye because that’s what my Dad taught me. On my 18th birthday (yes, this goes way back to when 18 was the legal drinking age) he poured me a Philadelphia on the rocks. Over the years I graduated to VO, VVO and then Crown Royal. If Crown Royal wasn’t available I’d settle for Jack Daniels. I never acquired a taste for scotch, though Jack Daniels seems to get pretty close to that flavor profile, in my opinion.
Several years ago I was introduced to Maker’s Mark by a friend and that was added to my thin repertoire of whiskeys. Then my daughter introduced me to the Dirty Vodka Martini. Unlike drinking whiskey neat or on the rocks, having a mixed cocktail can vary from bartender to bartender. I’ve learned to make my own: two ounces vodka, one and one-half ounces olive juice, shaken with ice and then poured neat into a glass with three olives. I always request three olives. There is nothing quite like a soused olive.
I don’t drink gin, but if a friend has a martini made with gin and doesn’t eat the olives, I’ll take them. MMMM, soused olives!
I got the idea for a Celery Martini (with olives, of course – olives and celery are delicious together) when I decided that celery would be the ingredient of the month. I have a juicer, the easiest way to juice anything. If you don’t have one, use a food processor and puree the celery to smithereens and then dump it into cheesecloth over a bowl, wrap it up tight and squeeze until dry. These four stalks made six ounces celery juice; enough for three martinis.
The vibrant green color is a bit startling, but the flavor is distinctly celery without any bitterness. Very clean and refreshing. I was tempted to add a little olive juice to the mix, but then realized that the speared olives would add a pleasing saltiness as needed. And isn’t that Nick and Nora martini glass just adorable!!
Makes: 1 four-ounce drink
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces celery juice (about 4 large stalks)
3 pitted olives, stuffed or plain
Place four ice cubes in a martini shaker, add the vodka and celery juice. Shake and pour over the speared olives.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces celery juice
- 3 pitted olives, stuffed or plain
- Place four ice cubes in a martini shaker, add the vodka and celery juice. Shake and pour over the speared olives.