Thirsty Thursday: Smoky Martini

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need a drink that has liquor on top of more liquor?  Well I do, and when such a tremendously awful day occurs I know exactly the type of concoction that can lift my spirits and make sitting through another completely ridiculous 60 minutes of the Bachelor bearable (sidenote: Whit owns the remote 8 days a week.)  ( I sure do, when’s the last time you made dinner, Brian?)

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due.  I would never have heard about this cocktail if it were not for my college roommate Corey.  Corey and I were the fancy assholes in college who would buy Grey Goose vodka on the reg (I know mom and dad, why they hell was I spending so much of my “food money” on Vodka of all things.  Regardless we thought we were really cool.)  Anyway, we would typically just drink said overpriced moonshine on the rocks or with a splash of tonic, but one day Corey turns to me and says “we should make some smoky martinis.”  Being the unrefined college student I was, I had no idea what this meant but clearly I said “Duh!”

Corey proceeds to pour a nice glass of Vodka and instead of adding olive juice like you would in a dirty martini, he added a splash of a peaty scotch.  I for one, am not a big fan of a peaty (smoky) scotch.  I prefer a sweeter and more smooth scotch but the smoke cuts the vodka and adds just enough flavor to actually make a very tasty beverage.

Now, I have been to a number of classy bars and spoken to a few bartenders about this martini and the consensus is that it is a made-up drink that has no real relation to a classic cocktail.  And I’m not surprised.

That being said, I’m not so concerned about the history of this type of martini just that it will quickly flush away my shitty day.  So the next time you have one of those days, fix yourself a Smoky Martini and I guarantee it will make you feel better (or at least help you forget.)

Smoky Martini with Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives

By Brian, May 10, 2012

Smoky Martini with Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives

drown your sorrows.



Combine the vodka, scotch, and vermouth in a shaker with ice.  Shake well, strain, and serve straight up with olives. Rim the glass with a lemon twist.



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