A dark red cocktail on a marble surface
Photography, Stacey Brandford

Dirty Beet Martini

We call this one "The Dirty Beet."

Akvavit stands in for the usual vermouth here and brings the flavour of caraway to the party. A little pickled-beet juice gives things a savoury edge, just like the olive brine in a Dirty Martini. Be sure to stir for the full 30 seconds – the ice melt opens up all the flavours.

A dark red cocktail on a marble surface

Dirty Beet Martini

A creative and bright take on the Dirty Martini, using Nordic akvavit and pickled-beet juice.
Course cocktail, drink
Cuisine English, Scandinavian
Servings 1


  • ice
  • 2 oz gin or vodka
  • ½ oz akvavit
  • ½ oz pickled-beet brine from a jar of pickled beets
  • 1 piece pickled beet to garnish


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add gin or vodka, akvavit and pickled-beet brine. Stir for 30 seconds; strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of pickled beet.
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