Saltwater Martini

sea water martini
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There’s nothing quite as rejuvenating as breathing in the clean, salt sea air of the Maine coast. And if you order a Dirty Martini at James Beard Award-nominated Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, you’ll get to taste it, too. After experimenting with his natural surroundings, owner Andrew Volk created a Dirty Martini that takes the imbiber on a nautical journey. “For us on the coast of Maine, seawater and seaweed are readily available—I actually have a bartender who harvests seaweed in his free time,” Volk says. “What I love about this Martini is how the saltiness of the fino sherry and the saltwater play together to replicate the savory flavor of olive brine.” Not only is it a welcome change from the usual recipe, but this Dirty Martini is also a great alternative for those who aren’t bona fide olive fans.

Saltwater Martini

FLAVOR PROFILE
Dry, Savory
STRENGTH
DIFFICULTY
easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Fino Sherry
  • 1 tsp Seawater
  • Kombu

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Pour gin, sherry and seawater into a mixing glass.

Step two

Fill with ice and stir for 30-45 seconds.

Step three

Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with kombu.

Contributed by Andrew Volk