Modern Martini with Olive Poppers

The classic martini is headed for big changes. With so many complex character vodkas and new century gins on the market, each new spirit adds a twist to the classic flavor profile of the martini. In this episode of Liquid Kitchen, Kathy mixes up a modern martini with Bainbridge Organic Distilleries Legacy Vodka and serves it with delicious Olive Poppers.


Splash dry vermouth. 3 oz Vodka or Gin


Add dry vermouth to your mixing glass and roll to coat. Add vodka and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with olive.


Benjamin D. 14 Oct 2010
10:27 pm

I love the olive popper idea and will deffinitely try it for my next cocktail party. Thanks Kathy! I just have an extreme dislike for martinis made with so little vermouth. Come on modern people, you’re just drinking gin with ice water! This is something the late Victorians really had on us, especially with their use of orange bitters. But I know, I know, it’s a personal thing.

blair frodelius 15 Oct 2010
7:25 am

The martini is full of endless variations.  A great experiment is to try different ratios of vodka or gin and vermouth.  As with all cocktails, it’s really up to personal taste.  I always add a few dashes of orange bitters and a long twist of lemon peel. 

Re: shaken vs. stirred.  Try both and see which you prefer.  Generally, if you like a clear martini, stirring is better.  For a more diluted and slightly cloudy martini, give it a good shake.


Blair Frodelius

Jeff Harrison 15 Oct 2010
7:57 am

I love the martini! I helps one sort out the newbies…the more rigid and “this is the ONLY way” someone is, you can tell they haven’t been at it long.

Agree with Benjamin D. on the vermouth; gimme a little more please - I like the flavour it brings.

Kathy Casey 19 Oct 2010
11:31 am

Glad you all are enjoying the poppers and love to hear everyones great martini comments - shaken or stirred ! :-)

Bo Galford 15 Nov 2010
9:59 am

We had the Oliver Poppers last night at our dinner party. They were a hit, delicious morsels. I found them easy to shape, just be firm and they do hold their heat!.

Kathy Casey 23 Nov 2010
8:11 am

HI Bo, glad you enjoyed the poppers! So good with a delicious martini!

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