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posted: 2/19/2014 5:45 AM

Extra-Virgin Vodka Martini

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1½ ounces vodka (extra bright and fruity variety)

2 drops olive juice, or brine

Splash of vermouth (optional)

½-1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil (fruity, grassy flavor)

1-2 blue cheese-stuffed green olives

In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine vodka, olive juice and vermouth. Shake vigorously.

Strain into martini glass. Add olive oil and garnish with olives.

Serves one.

Chef Joseph O'Connor, Mariano's

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