This Preserved Lemon Martini with Spicy Olives ain't yo' Mama's martini! This is a lemony, salty, slightly tart and hella spicy version all wrapped up in one snappy cocktail.
I believe in starting the week off right, so I made y'all a Preserved Lemon Martini with Spicy Olives on this beautiful Monday. Martini Mondays are a real thing and if you didn't know about them, then you need to jump ASAP on the martini boat that leaves every Monday around 5 o'clock (or 6 for some of you who may leave work a little later).
Here's a little bit of 411 on me: I adore slightly dirty martinis (made with Grey Goose vodka, pretty please) and 3 blue cheese stuffed olives chillin' in the delectable liquid. I especially love them with a nice, big rare steak on the side. There is something about grilled beef and vodka that pair so well together. Add in some lyonnaise potatoes and a wedge salad and it's all good!
By the way, my love for this great beverage runs in the family as I take after my Mother and my Grandmother, who are both die-hard martini lovers. They don't mess around with martinis and are definite connoisseurs.
Feel free to use my homemade preserved lemons for this recipe or buy them at the store. What I really liked about this drink was I took a bite of a spicy olive and a bite of the preserved lemon, then a sip of vodka and the flavors were sublime together. I think I'm always going to have preserved lemons on hand now just so I can make this martini whenever I want.
Hope y'all have a fantastic Monday, as well as a wonderful week, and maybe partake in a little Preserved Lemon Martini at the end of today. If you like this recipe, check out my Preserved Lemon Spicy Margarita recipe too!
Preserved Lemon Martini with Spicy Olives
- 4 ounces vodka
- ½ tablespoon olive juice (add more if you like it dirtier)
- ¼ preserved lemon rind
- 1 cup ice
- 6 spicy olives (Make your own spicy olives: put 6 queen sized pimento stuffed olives in a small bowl and cover with olive juice. Stir in ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator)
- 2 skewers for olives
- Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Place 3 olives on each skewer and set aside.
- Cut off the pulp from the preserved lemon rind and place the pulp in a cocktail shaker. Cut the rind into thin strips (I made 8 out of mine) and place all the slices, reserving 2-4 for garnish, into the cocktail shaker with the pulp. Muddle the lemon pulp and slices together, then add 1 cup of ice to a cocktail shaker, vodka, and olive juice. Shake together for about 30 seconds or until thoroughly chilled and frost begins to form on the outside of shaker.
- Strain into the two chilled martini glasses and garnish with 3 spicy olives and the reserved lemon slices. Cheers!