Picking my Featured Ingredient this month was an interesting process as I knew it had to then translate into a cocktail. I played around with a lot of ideas for the very first Featured Cocktail and finally choose this one. As you are all aware I love all things 50’s and Mad Men inspired so it was a no brainer to have a Dirty Martini as the First Featured Cocktail. I have used pickled asparagus instead of olives, and some of the pickling juice which has turned this from a standard martini to a dirty martini. Have a go at making this, its simple to make yet looks very impressive and goes perfectly with any of my asparagus dishes.
1) Pour the Vermouth into your martini glass and chill in your freezer for about 5 minutes.
2) Fill your cocktail shaker 3/4 of ice. Pour Vodka, Gin and pickling liquid into your cocktail shaker, cover and shake hard 3 – 4 times.
3) Remove cocktail glass from the freezer and pour out the Vermouth. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the martini glass then garnish with the 2 asparagus spears.
Remember the secret to the perfect cocktail is to pour with love (and a little va va voom) xx