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.
Dirty Beet Martini
- 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.