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(One) Eight-Night Martini

(One) Eight-Night Martini Related:   Chanukah, drinks, North America, pareve, vegetarian

Prep time: 5 days

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail

When thinking about a cocktail to serve with a Chanukah meal, I gravitate to a martini to cut the richness of fried latkes. I gave this martini a savory twist by fat-washing our District Made Vodka (with olive oil, of course!) and by adding kosher pickle brine.


  • Olive Oil-Infused Vodka
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Cocktail
  • 2 ounces infused vodka (above)
  • 1 ounce Blanc vermouth (such as Dolin Blanc)
  • Dash of orange bitters (such as Embitterment or Regan’s)
  • ½ ounce kosher pickle brine
  • Ice and olives, to serve


  • Olive oil-infused vodka: Combine vodka and olive oil in a plastic sealable container. Leave at room temperature for 4 days, shaking vigorously a few times each day. Then, place in the freezer until the oil is completely solidified, about 12 hours or overnight. Place a fine-meshed strainer over a bowl or pot and line with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Strain vodka through filter. Discard solid olive oil. Transfer vodka to a sealable container. Vodka can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Double the recipe as needed.
  • Cocktail: In an ice-filled mixing glass, stir all ingredients together. Strain into ice-filled martini or coupe glass, garnish with olives and serve immediately.

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