The Martini with an Oliver Twist

The Martini with an Oliver Twist

The Martini with an Oliver Twist

“Please, sir, I want some more.” -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Some more Bon Appeteach “Book Club” that is! I believe it is evident now that this weeks cocktail inspired novel is none other than the classic Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. A story of an orphaned boy sold as an apprentice. The story follows young Twist as he joins a group of young pickpockets led by the “Artful Dodger” (that would be a cool name for a cocktail don’t you think?). With a classic like Oliver Twist in mind, I felt this week’s featured drink needed to be a classic as well. The Martini. A gin martini (with a twist) to be exact. As simple as this cocktail is, it is all about the execution and attention to detail. Find the full recipe for The Martini with a Twist below and read on for tips, tricks, and delicious food pairings too!
The Martini with an Oliver Twist

The Martini with a Twist:

  • 2 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon Peel

Stirred, Not Shaken-

First, use higher quality liquor for this recipe. I find if you gotta drink it straight, you better drink the stuff you like the taste of. Am I right? For this recipe I used a London Dry Gin. I prefer to stir this cocktail to chill it.  I stir and not shake to prevent the ice from cracking and breaking, thus watering down the drink. No one wants a watered down cocktail. Again, am I right? To ensure a super chilled drink, you may even want to place the coupe class in the freezer prior to making it as well. Once thoroughly stirred, pour into a glass. I love the classic appeal of a smaller coupe or a Nick & Nora style glass. Next, finish this classic Martini off with the actual twist. Use a peeler and remove the outside zest of the lemon. Twist the peel over the cocktail to help release the essence and oils of the lemon into the drink, toss it in for good measure and sip your way to happy town (responsibly of course).

The Martini with an Oliver Twist

Food Pairing:

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! This song from the musical Oliver Twist reminds us that if we are enjoying a cocktail, we need something glorious to eat too. This weeks food pairing is oh so savory and fits our book club libation perfectly. The first time I had a sausage bite was at an English style pub in the Chicago area. The crunchy outside mixed with the savory sausage is filling and comforting. The best part? These Keto Sausage Bites fit the keto and low carb lifestyle too! Whip some up, stir up a Martini with a Twist and have yourself a very happy lil hour this Friday night! Cheers!

The Martini with an Oliver Twist

Bon Appeteach,

-L

The Martini with a Twist

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon Peel

Instructions

1

Take a mixing glass and fill with ice.

2

Measure in the gin and the dry vermouth.

3

Stir until chilled and strain into a coupe glass.

4

Use a peeler to remove a 2" piece of lemon peel.

5

Squeeze the lemon peel into the zest and twist over the glass, add the peel, and sip!

 

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