Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Southern Note: The Hughes Hurricane Martini

I recently referenced having a substantial stockpile of vodka as part of my hurricane emergency readiness kit. I could tell you that it would be for medicinal purposes, but that would be untrue, and out here we always speak the truth.  It's because nothing relaxes and calms the nerves like a good martini.  Herewith, my favorite:
  • 2 oz. Belvedere vodka (of course, in desperate times, Alberta vodka - or any - will do)
  • splash of dry vermouth
  • splash of olive juice
  • 6-8 ice cubes

SHAKEN, not stirred (it really DOES make a difference).  Then add one or all of the following:

  • caper berries (not to be confused with capers)
  • pickled okra
  • olives stuffed with anything