At this point in quarantine, I’m growing weary of the same old cocktails, so I took to my kitchen to ponder what I can do to switch up my cocktail hour.
While there’s a host of pantry-staple food recipes floating around the internet, a bartender friend and I recently queried—what cocktails can you make with pantry staples? And not a bartender’s home pantry—I certainly don’t have bottles of rare liqueurs and bitters floating around my one-bedroom apartment.
Stick to the average martini recipe (gin, dry vermouth), shake, and add a few drops of olive oil to the top. They float delicately on top (hello, Instagram potential!) and add a new dimension to a tried-and-true martini recipe.
If you’ve got more time on your hands, try fat washing the spirit with olive oil.
Take a bottle of vodka or gin (preferably one you’re fond of sipping neat, if this for a martini) and four ounces of olive oil. Stir vigorously to combine, and add to a container with a tight lid. Place the container in the freezer for 8-12 hours until the olive oil separates to the top of the mixture and solidifies. Remove the solid olive oil, and strain the spirit through a coffee or fine filter. (Specifications via Dave Arnold’s Liquid Intelligence.)