Gallop Into The Weekend On A Dirty Horse

Photo: Claire Lower

You guys remember my BBF, horseradish vodka, right? (You should, twas only yesterday this was released unto the world.)

Well, in a move you probably saw coming, we are using her to make a bracing, slightly salty, sorta sinus-clearing martini.

Of course, how sinus clearing your martini is is based on how potent you made your horseradish vodka. I made mine with about 60 grams of root in 375 milliliters of vodka, confirming once again that you should do as I say and not as I do.

(About half that amount of horseradish is plenty, but if you do over do it with the root, don’t fret, you can just dilute it with more vodka.)

Once your spicy spirit has been blended and strained, you’re ready to mix it with dry vermouth and just a bit of olive brine, for an invigorating martini that hints at being savoury without being outright salty.

(For those of you who are including the ingredients used to make the horseradish vodka in our cocktail ingredient count, you got me! Nothing gets by you!)

To make this new favourite beverage of mine, you will need:

  • 64 grams ounce horseradish vodka

  • 21 grams dry vermouth

  • 1/2 teaspoon green olive brine (not oil)

Combine everything in a glass filled with ice and stir until the glass becomes too cold to comfortably hold. Strain into chilled coupe, plunk an olive in there, and enjoy.


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