You buy the best vodka for your martinis, why ruin it by dropping in crappy olives? Always use high quality, that's rule number one. And while you're at it, punch up your drink by replacing your ordinary olive with a stuffed olive.
The Santa Barbara Olive Company
makes a variety of top-quality, all-natural olives, hand stuffed with ingredients like garlic, mushrooms, onions, almonds, and sun dried tomatoes - as well as bleu, feta and cheddar cheeses. (Which also make a great addition to the tailgate party tray.)
If you're looking to add some heat to your drink, they also stuff their California-grown olives with habanero, chipotle and jalapeno peppers. And offer combos, like their garlic and jalapeno, or the super hot five pepper. Apparently Frank Sinatra was a fan of dropping a jalapeno stuffed olive into his martinis.
Dirty martini drinkers can grab a bottle of one of their Dirty Martini Mixes, splashing in some real olive brine in Classic, Hot & Spicy or California Citrus.
It's not that complicated to put a twist on the classic martini by adding stuffed olives, but just in case your creative side is busy thinking up buzzwords to add to your resume, here are a couple of drink suggestions.
For more info on Santa Barbara Olives, click here
Frank Sinatra’s Favorite
Splash of Vermouth
SBOC Jalapeno Olive
2 Parts Vodka
1 Part Vermouth
SBOC Bleu Cheese Olive
Green Onion Martini
2 Parts Vodka
Swirl and toss Vermouth
SBOC Onion Stuffed Olive
SBOC Martini Onion