December recipe: Seasoned Martini

December recipe: Seasoned Martini

It's the end the year, which coincides with our second anniversary as a business. So with that, dear subscribers, we're raising a toast to you. Join us for one of the most popular, most Instagrammed uses of our olive oil: in a martini. The recipe for the one down below comes from our talented friends at SCHOFIELD'S BAR in Manchester.

This martini is the perfect year-round tipple for hosting a dinner party as it uses evergreen ingredients, but the spiced hit of black pepper makes it especially suited for sweater weather and winter festivities at home. This can be done with our Greek or Portuguese, depending on your palate. The Greek will give it a creamier feel and the Portuguese will bring an extra pepperiness.

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

Serves 1

  • 60ml gin
  • 5ml manzanilla sherry
  • 5ml dry vermouth*
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Citizens of Soil extra virgin olive oil

*The SCHOFIELD’S Dry Vermouth is recommended here, naturally.

Here's the method:

  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with lots of ice and stir.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass (keep a couple in the freezer or put ice in the glass as you prepare the rest to give it that cool, frosty vibe).
  • Crack some pepper over it.
  • Drizzle a couple of drops of our extra virgin olive oil on top.

Ways to make it more your own:

  • It's the start of citrus season, so pop in an orange or lemon peel.
  • Would it surprise you at all if we said add in a green olive? The bigger, the better (and more buttery) here.

If you liked this recipe then you will surely enjoy all of the ones mentioned in Joe Schofield's book! And should you find yourself around Manchester, the SCHOFIELD'S BAR has some of the most respected folks in the whole industry behind the bar. It also recently took its place in the top 100 bars in the world. They have a Gimlet with our Greek oil in it that stands proudly on their menu this winter—so pop on by.

Are you making this? Share with your fellow citizens. Tag us in your photos on Instagram at @CitizensofSoil.

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