In a previous blog, we talked about using balsamic vinegar in cocktails (have you tried our Cinnamon Pear Martini?). But what about olive oil in cocktails?
It may sound weird, but some of the country’s leading bars that specialize in creating craft cocktails are jumping on the olive oil bandwagon.
Mixologists are creating olive oil cocktails that use a variety of single varietal or infused oils. Some drinks are made by simply adding a small amount of olive oil to the mix; others are created by emulsifying the olive oil with egg white to create a frothy and creamy top layer. Olive oil adds a unique fruitiness to a drink without adding sweetness.
Here are two easy cocktail recipes that use both methods of using olive oil to get you started. But don’t be afraid to experiment on your own! We can help you find some great flavor combinations that will make your next cocktail party one for the books!
Adapted from Marvel Bar
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. orange liqueur (preferably something like Citronge or Cointreau – if using triple sec or something equally as sweet, reduce simple syrup to 1/4 oz.)
1 oz. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
1/2 oz. olive oil
Combine gin, orange liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla, and simple syrup in a measuring cup or glass. Set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add egg white and olive oil. Shake heartily until fully emulsified, around 200 shakes (yes, really). Add the rest of the ingredients and shake until combined, about 10 seconds or so.
Strain into a champagne flute or on the rocks in a glass and serve chilled
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Martini
Recipe courtesy of Todd English
1 orange segment
3 to 5 fresh basil leaves
3 oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
½ oz. Cointreau
¼ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. extra virgin olive oil
Muddle the orange segment and basil leaves in a mixing tin. Add the vodka, Cointreau, vermouth, simple syrup, olive oil, and ice, and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and float an additional drop of olive oil over the top.
We hope your adventurous side enjoys this unique way to use our favorite oil!
Susan and Bridget