Butter Martini

Monica Berg, Tayēr + Elementary | London

Think of this drink as a Martini-plus: It’s “very simple and straightforward, but at the same time there’s more than meets the eye,” says Berg, who is noted for using boundary-pushing techniques that trick the palate. (A note: “Simple” is definitely in the eye of the beholder. The core ingredient list is indeed streamlined, but you need at least four days, and maybe more, to get those ingredients prepared.)

Berg is partial to the butter from Fannremsgården (Fannrem Farm), which she considers the “real star” of the drink. “It is made in a very traditional way, using sour cream as the starting point. This gives it richness but also lots of acidity and depth of flavor.” It doesn’t hurt that Berg’s own calf—Ramos, as in the dairy-based fizz—lives at Fannremsgården. But if Fannremsgården is not available, and you have no such allegiances, any good butter will do.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Fannremsgården Butter–-washed Bombay Sapphire gin (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1/2 ounce Martini Bianco

Garnish: Lacto-fermented gooseberry

Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with lacto-fermented gooseberry.
Editor's Note

Butter-washed Gin:
200 grams (about 7/8 cup) butter
1 liter of gin

1. Combine butter with gin, and allow to infuse for four days, at room temperature.
2. Before straining, set the gin in the refrigerator for an hour.
3. Strain through a paper filter. (Berg sets aside the butter to use for cooking afterwards.)
4. Store the infused gin in a sealed bottle. Will keep, refrigerated, for 4-5 weeks.

Lacto-fermented gooseberries:
Ripe gooseberries
2% salt solution (for each cup of water, add 4-5 grams of salt)

1. Soak ripe berries in 2% salt solution for a few months at room temperature.
2. If fermenting for longer, move berries to a colder space. Berg notes that fermentation can range from a few months to two years, and advises tasting the berries to decide when they’re “done.” They should look the same as fresh and remain firm. If any mold develops, discard them.