101 Best New Cocktails: Not So Dirty Martini, Payman Bahmani, Library Bar, Themidos 1, Limassol, Cyprus

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Not So Dirty Martini

Payman Bahmani, Library Bar, Themidos 1, Limassol, Cyprus

not so dirty martini Payman Bahmani

“I wanted to do something with the Dirty Martini that was playful yet sophisticated, so I decided to clean it up if you will. Instead of olive brine I fat washed the vodka with extra virgin olive oil. I was afraid the delicate olive oil flavor wouldn’t come through but it did. The healthy pinch of sea salt provided the requisite saltiness, but I still needed to capture the color and brininess of a Dirty Martini. The Amontillado sherry worked double duty perfectly here, giving it both a hint of brine and the color of a Dirty Martini,”  Payman Bahmani

2.25 oz (66.5ml) Olive Oil infused Vodka*not so dirty martini

.75 oz (22ml) Lustau Amontillado Sherry

Good pinch sea salt

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

*Olive Oil infused Vodka

250 ml vodka

2 oz (60ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine olive oil and vodka in a jar or other nonreactive container and cover. Allow to infuse for 5 hours at room temperature, then freeze for another 2 hours. Remove frozen fat that has risen to the top and fine strain through a coffee filter to capture any residual olive oil.

gaz sez:  I know Payman, and he’s a bartender who knows what the hell he’s doing.  This is such an elegant cocktail, and it’s a far cry from the hit-and-miss regular Dirty Martinis that can be so hard to balance.  Payman’s Not So Dirty Martini is a winner every single time.  Enjoy Cyprus, my friend!

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