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what besides olive do you put in a martini?

atheorist Oct 3, 2006 09:51 PM

Best is a big garlic stuffed olive. With cheap gin only I also use a pepperoncini now and then. But you gotta try it with a sundried tomato (half if it's big). Anything else?

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    foodandwhining Jul 19, 2009 12:32 PM

    Uhh... Nobody mentioned caper berries? Awesome... (If, of course, you like capers.)

    Chopin's "CEO" Martini promotion came up with some awesome ideas, but they're not posted publicly anywhere. Fortunately, I kept a copy and made a PDF of it. Anyone interested, just send me a direct message.


    1. atheorist Oct 14, 2006 07:07 PM

      Thanks! Off to the store for pepperdews and now I have reason to get some thyme growing.

      1. talkoftomatoes Oct 6, 2006 01:52 AM

        Twice in a restaurant I had shocking experiences with olives in martinis---once it had a pit (I am thinking, $8 for a pitted martini?). Imagine my surprise! Another time, what appeared to be a pimiento turned out to be a hot, hot pepper. Again, surprise and many gluggs of ice water followed.

        Though I haven't tried it, and it depends on if you are using vodka, gin, juices, citrus, etc., but how about a fig? A sprig of rosemary? Other ideas: candied orange peel, cucumber without the peel, watermelon pieces.

        Good luck!


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        1. re: talkoftomatoes
          TexasToast Oct 6, 2006 12:17 PM

          Speaking of Rosemary, I've had a thyme martini . . . it was REALLY good!


        2. akp Oct 5, 2006 10:39 AM

          You can't beat a blue-cheese stuffed olive.

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            LoN Oct 4, 2006 05:53 PM

            You can use tomatolives if you can find them...

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              chow_gal Oct 4, 2006 05:51 PM

              There's the pickled vegetables route: pickled green bean. Dilly-beans. Pickled okra. Even ginger.

              There is also the various stuffed olive options: blue cheese-stuffed; prosciutto-stuffed.

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              1. re: chow_gal
                TexasToast Oct 5, 2006 10:27 AM

                The problem I find with blue cheese, is that it's too overpowering and tends to seep out and contaminate the martini!


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                kenito799 Oct 4, 2006 04:34 PM

                The classic Hendrick's martini is garnished with cucumber slice. I slice a small seedless variety (like israel kirbies) and float in three slices.

                1. JMF Oct 4, 2006 03:53 AM

                  Pickled onions, preferably the large sweet English type. Of course then it isn't a martini anymore but a Gibson.

                  I also use Pepperdews for a sweet and mild heat thing, blows away pepperoncini. (Stuffing pepperdews with blue cheese makes an amazing cocktail snack!)

                  I second the caperberries and the lemon twist. For a change a orange twist or grapefruit can be very interesting.

                  1. TexasToast Oct 3, 2006 09:54 PM

                    Well it depends on the martini. A lemon peel "twist" is always nice with gin as are caperberries.

                    Now, if we're talking vodka, then pretty much anything goes; especially if you get into the flavored arena!


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