Welcome to Ep46, where we’ve officially dealt with 365 days of pandemic bullshit! In this episode, Melissa shared a very brief history of vodka in the United States, and Aimee talks about the history of potatoes. Kates shares a recipe from Betty Crocker’s box for some party potates.
The featured drink this episode is the Vodka Martini.
2 ½ oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
Garnish: Green olive or strip lemon zest removed with a peeler
Pour the vodka and vermouth into a mixing glass or cocktail shaker (preferably chilled) filled with ice. Stir vigorously, about 20 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with olive or lemon peel and serve.
The featured cocktail for Episode 44: Nesslerodes, take me home, is the chocolate martini. I said I would never do this drink. Listen to the episode to learn more about why. I include two recipes here. The first is the recipe I made for the recording, which I found way too sweet and pretty heavy, so the next time I made it I altered it a bit to lighten it app but also up the booze, which will also be included below.
Ingredients (original recipe): 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. Creme de Cacao 1 oz. Chocolate Cream Liqueur (like Godiva) .5 oz. Light Cream Chocolate syrup and grate chocolate for garnish
Ingredients (Melissa’s variation): 3/4 oz. Vanilla Vodka 3/4 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 oz. Chocolate Cream Liqueur Chocolate syrup and grate chocolate for garnish
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and serve straight up in a chilled coupe glass. Optional: swirl chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass and top with shredded chocolate.
The Upside-Down Martini is featured in Episode 32: Kill your idols (aka Julia Child). It was a favorite of Julia’s, and some say she even invented it. I know one thing, this really turned me on to Dry Vermouth and I’ve been drinking Upside-Down Martinis and Vermouth spritzers ever since. 😉
And for the love of God people, PUT YOUR VERMOUTH IN THE REFRIGERATOR.
5-parts dry vermouth (Julia liked Noilly Prat, but I used Dolan)
1-part gin (I used Plymouth)
In a white wine glass filled with ice (or not, your call) stir together the gin and vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon and toast to something fancy.
Hopefully by now you’ve listened to Episode 2 (listen on Google, iTunes, Spotify, or Pocket Casts), or at least read our recap of it. If you want to try our Ouzo Martini for yourself, try out Melissa’s recipe below!
Ouzo Martini Recipe
2 oz. Orange juice
2 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Ouzo
1 oz. Vodka
Juice of half a lime
In a martini shaker, combine all ingredients with 1/2 cup of ice. Shake and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime.