The Dirty Bud Martini

Franklin Roosevelt is associated with the creation of the dirty martini, in two equally unsubstantiated stories. The first has Joseph Stalin suggesting vodka and pickle juice as a hangover cure at Yalta. (Apparently that’s a classic Russian morning-after cure.) There being no vodka on the breakfast table (what?!), Winston Churchill volunteered a bottle of gin and a jar of olives and voilà: the birth of the dirty martini.

The second account is less dramatic and merely mentions that FDR, an avid home mixologist, liked to add both olives and a bit of their brine to his gin martinis.

Whether these stories are true or not, we certainly have FDR to thank for the repeal of Prohibition, so he’s aces in my book, even though I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a forager. Still, I’ll toast to FDR and the repeal of Prohibition with a Dirty Lily Bud, which is what you get when you replace the dirty martini’s classic olive garnish and juice with a pickled daylily bud and a bit of its brine.

The addition of pickle brine adds extra flavor and spice to this classic cocktail, and it also lets you take the alcohol content down a notch. Without the brine the liquid ingredients in a martini are entirely alcoholic.

March 12, 2018

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce pickled daylily brine (or more, to taste)
  • Quick Pickled Daylily Buds for garnish

Instructions

In a mixing glass or shaker full of ice, combine the gin, vermouth and brine and stir (don’t shake, despite what James Bond says) for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with as many pickled daylily buds as you see fit.

Feel free to adjust the amount of brine according to your personal taste. Likewise, if you have a different foraged pickle you prefer (pickled field garlic, pickled milkweed flowers, pickled purslane), feel free to substitute. But you’ll have to come up with your own name for any variations on this delicious foraged drink.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce pickled daylily brine (or more, to taste)
  • Quick Pickled Daylily Buds for garnish
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