Dirty Larson
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Dirty Larson
Cocktail recipe

Rating

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As a lover of Dirty Martinis made with vodka, I always felt they lacked something. Living on the Isle of Skye, our supplies can be limited, and the village shop ... more As a lover of Dirty Martinis made with vodka, I always felt they lacked something. Living on the Isle of Skye, our supplies can be limited, and the village shop only had olives in a foil pack, no brine! So, I opened my fridge to see what I had in brine, which was only capers. I mixed the olives with the caper brine, and added a little cayenne pepper for some zing! Dressed with black and green olives, stirred, and made one AMAZING twist on a Dirty Martini!!! Hope you love it! ~ Anita Larson
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Vodka
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Olive, cayenne pepper
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32% | 2.88 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Dirty Larson

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add two shots of vodka into the glass, with one shot of vermouth
Add a tablespoon of caper brine into which olives have been lightly steeped
Prepare a cocktail stick with four dark and green olives, and add a dash of cayenne pepper to the glass
Stir with the olive-laden cocktail stick before serving
~ If you have olive brine, use half a tablespoon of olive juice, and half a tablespoon of caper juice to replace the olive-steeped caper brine. You can add this combination to a cocktail shaker with two cubes of ice and swirl making a Dirty Cold Larson, or without ice and made in the glass a Dirty Larson. ~

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FAQ's

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Dirty Larson compare to a standard cocktail?

The Dirty Larson has an alcohol content of 32%, which is slightly higher than the average for classic cocktails, which typically range from 25% to 30% alcohol by volume. This makes it a stronger choice for those who prefer a more potent drink.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Dirty Larson stirred and not shaken?

The Dirty Larson is stirred instead of shaken to maintain the clarity and smooth texture of the drink. Stirring gently combines the vodka and vermouth without incorporating too much air, resulting in a more refined and elegant cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with a Dirty Larson?

Given the simplicity of its ingredients, a Dirty Larson can be elegantly garnished with a lemon twist or a few olives to enhance its aroma and add a slight savory note, complementing the red vermouth's herbal undertones.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Dirty Larson?

The ideal way to serve a Dirty Larson is in a chilled cocktail glass to keep the drink cold and enhance its flavors. Serving it straight up (without ice in the glass) ensures a concentrated taste and a more sophisticated presentation.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Dirty Larson?

A Dirty Larson, with its blend of vodka and red vermouth, pairs well with appetizers like smoked salmon canapés, cheese platters, or briny snacks such as oysters and olives. These pairings complement the cocktail's bold flavor profile.

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