Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I need a drink. I just finished grouting the floor I tiled this week (it was grueling!), and I have a ton of projects I want to get done in the next several days. So the stiffer the drink, the better.
Have you ever had a real martini? Not the candy-inspired kind flavored with sweet syrups, more like the kind James Bond drinks. I hadn’t really, until recently. Not for any particular reason–it just never occurred to me. When I finally had one, I came to two conclusions about why it’s considered a “fancy” drink: It’s mostly alcohol, and it’s tricky to carry around a traditional martini glass without spilling. Strong + precarious = classy, in my mind. Am I the only one who feels this way about martinis?
To make this martini, you need to plan ahead. You’re going to infuse your vodka with rosemary, which takes about a week. All you need to do is stick 5-10 sprigs of rosemary in a cup or so of vodka, seal it up, stick it in a cupboard, and forget about it until next weekend.
This is about how it should look when you remember it. The vodka should be amber-colored, and it should smell like rosemary.
At this point you can take out the rosemary, and put your rosemary-infused vodka in a more permanent bottle. I recycled an empty liquor bottle and used my label-maker to label it. (I have a bad habit of making infusions or concoctions, not labeling them, and then forgetting what they are. Oops.)
To make a rosemary martini, mix a dash of bitters, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, and 1 1/2 oz rosemary vodka. I’ll leave the question of shaken or stirred up to you. Garnish with a rosemary twig.
Here’s to a wonderful weekend!