Over Father’s Day Weekend, I had the opportunity to share some of my kitchen magic that I’ve developed over the years with my good friend, SB. We had been discussing the Dirty Martini for a couple of months, and I have come up with a way to extend the olive brine to last as long as the olives do.
I know, you are saying to yourself “What does this have to do with preparedness, homesteading, or homeschooling?”
Preparedness -In my house, drink fixin’s are a stockpiled item. Since after a hurricane (our most likely natural disaster), alcohol sales are stopped, and with nothing to do, alcohol does wonders to pass the time, as well as makes a fantastic trade item.
Homesteading – We make it ourselves, or at least take what we have and use methods available from items kept in the home. Call this the DIY angle.
Homeschooling – Chemistry? Home Economics? Life Lessons? Yeah, its a stretch, so let’s say that it has nothing to do with homeschooling, OK?
But then 2 out of 3 ain’t bad! If nothing else, this is a very workable frugal method.
Making a Dirty Martini from my wife’s favorite recipe is:
- 2 parts ice cold vodka
- 1-2 parts olive brine from the jar, mostly depending on the smoothness of the vodka.
- Garnish with three olives.
- An ice cube or two is optional.
This means by the time you’ve used up all of the brine, you have only used up about 9 olives. The brine to olive ratio is all off on the packaging for this recipe.
We needed more olive-flavored brine!
The Solution (get it?)
I started researching options, and found many variations, some convoluted, others as simple as “Top off the jar with spring water”.
And I tried many of them, some worked, other did not. Many were a hassle. What I came up with that seems to work flawlessly is also very simple, and only contains items that any prepper should have on hand already.
In fact, I’d guess that every person reading this already has the base ingredients in their cupboards. They are:
- Salt (non-iodized preferred)
- Vinegar (White preferred)
The ratio is also rather simple.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
Mix all three together then stir thoroughly to dissolve all salt. Pour over olives, and refrigerate for at least a day. After a day or two, as you drain off the liquid for Dirty Martinis, simply refill the olive jar with more home made brine. Repeat until the olive jar no longer has olives, then open a new jar and start again.
I did this off the cuff for SB, who was showing me some of his purchased martini brines. One we agreed was fairly good, but the other simply didn’t have any olive flavor to it. When SB tried my concoction, he was so impressed, before adding it to olives, that he made a double batch of brine for later additional testing.
Sure, you can buy pre-made brines for making martinis in lots of places. But why would you when you can make your own that not only saves you money, but tastes great also?
For me, I’ll make my own…
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