Tying for second place in our blind dirty Martini tasting, James Bolt’s recipe calls for two types of gin: Four Pillars Olive Leaf gin, which counts olive leaf tea and olive oil among its distinctive botanicals, and a half ounce of navy strength gin. To that combination, Bolt adds dry vermouth, Cerignola olive brine and, to round out the savory notes, two dashes each of saline solution and The Bitter Truth olive bitters. Perhaps more than any other it had a true-to-life olive flavor that Punch editor-in-chief Talia Baiocchi described as “meaty, almost like drinking a Castelvetrano olive.”
James Bolt’s Dirty Martini
James Bolt | Charleston, SC
- 2 ounces Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin
- 1/2 ounce navy strength gin, preferably Four Pillars
- 1/2 ounce green Cerignola olive brine
- 1/4 ounce dry vermouth, preferably Dolin
- 2 dashes saline solution (10:1, water:salt)
- 2 dashes The Bitter Truth olive bitters
Garnish: Cerignola olive
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir for 12 to 15 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.
- Garnish with a Cerignola olive.