Mezcal Martini Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

In the mood for an extraordinary cocktail? Look no further than this Mezcal Martini recipe! It’s a flavorful drink loaded with unique ingredients and a breeze to put together.

Mezcal Martini Recipe

Get ready to enjoy autumn with this straightforward Mezcal Martini recipe! The blend of Mezcal, dry and extra dry vermouth & Castelvetrano olives makes this cocktail genuinely invigorating.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

175 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Espadin Mezcal
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz Extra Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz olive brine, preferably Castelvetrano
  • Pitted Castelvetrano olive, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini or Coupe Glass
  • Stirring Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Olive Brine: Pour ½ oz olive brine into the mixing glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ½ oz Dry Vermouth & ½ oz Extra Dry Vermouth into the mixing glass as well.
  • Add Mezcal: Finally, add 2 oz Espadin Mezcal to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a Castelvetrano olive (you can put it on a skewer or directly drop it into the glass) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty cocktail.
  • Dry & Extra Dry Vermouth: You can substitute dry vermouth with extra-dry vermouth or white vermouth if needed. It won't be exactly the same, but it will do in a pinch. For a different twist on this cocktail, you can also experiment with dry sherry instead of vermouth.
  • Castelvetrano Olive Brine: you can use brine from any type of green olives to make this cocktail. If possible, try to use some higher quality olives as the taste of the brine will have a great impact on the overall flavor of the drink.

Making a Bottle of Mezcal Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Mezcal,  4 oz of dry vermouth, 4 ounces of extra-dry vermouth, and 4 ounces of Castelvetrano olive brine.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, extra-dry and dry vermouth, and olive brine. Add ice and stir well. Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary. Strain to remove the ice and transfer it into a bottle.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a Castelvetrano olive, and serve immediately. Be sure to put the bottle back into the fridge or freezer between each serving: a Martini should always be served as cold as possible. If you have any leftovers, you can keep the bottle in the fridge or freezer for up to a year.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Considering that the Mezcal Martini is solely made out of alcoholic ingredients and relies strongly on the flavor and strength of the mezcal and vermouth, it can be hard to recreate its flavor using only non-alcoholic substitutes. You can make a non-alcoholic version of the Mezcal Martini using alcohol-free mezcal and vermouth substitutes, but the overall flavor and mouthfeel will probably change greatly from the original drink. 

Making it Vegan:

 Most mezcal and vermouth brands are vegan-friendly, but it's always good to check. Some brands may use animal products in their processing methods, especially if a filtration process is involved.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
175
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sodium
 
101
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
18
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Vitamin A
 
16
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Mezcal Martini Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get ready to enjoy autumn with this straightforward Mezcal Martini recipe! The blend of Mezcal, dry and extra dry vermouth & Castelvetrano olives makes this cocktail genuinely invigorating.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 175

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Espadin Mezcal
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz Extra Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz olive brine - preferably Castelvetrano
  • Pitted Castelvetrano olive - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini or Coupe Glass
  • Stirring Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Martini glass with ice. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Olive Brine: Pour ½ oz olive brine into the mixing glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ½ oz Dry Vermouth & ½ oz Extra Dry Vermouth into the mixing glass as well.
  • Add Mezcal: Finally, add 2 oz Espadin Mezcal to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a Castelvetrano olive (you can put it on a skewer or directly drop it into the glass) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal on hand, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor but will still make a tasty cocktail.
  • Dry & Extra Dry Vermouth: You can substitute dry vermouth with extra-dry vermouth or white vermouth if needed. It won't be exactly the same, but it will do in a pinch. For a different twist on this cocktail, you can also experiment with dry sherry instead of vermouth.
  • Castelvetrano Olive Brine: you can use brine from any type of green olives to make this cocktail. If possible, try to use some higher quality olives as the taste of the brine will have a great impact on the overall flavor of the drink.

Making a Bottle of Mezcal Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Mezcal,  4 oz of dry vermouth, 4 ounces of extra-dry vermouth, and 4 ounces of Castelvetrano olive brine.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Mezcal, extra-dry and dry vermouth, and olive brine. Add ice and stir well. Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary. Strain to remove the ice and transfer it into a bottle.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a Castelvetrano olive, and serve immediately. Be sure to put the bottle back into the fridge or freezer between each serving: a Martini should always be served as cold as possible. If you have any leftovers, you can keep the bottle in the fridge or freezer for up to a year.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Considering that the Mezcal Martini is solely made out of alcoholic ingredients and relies strongly on the flavor and strength of the mezcal and vermouth, it can be hard to recreate its flavor using only non-alcoholic substitutes. You can make a non-alcoholic version of the Mezcal Martini using alcohol-free mezcal and vermouth substitutes, but the overall flavor and mouthfeel will probably change greatly from the original drink. 

Making it Vegan:

 Most mezcal and vermouth brands are vegan-friendly, but it's always good to check. Some brands may use animal products in their processing methods, especially if a filtration process is involved.

What is a Mezcal Martini?

A Mezcal Martini is a cocktail made of Mezcal, extra dry & dry vermouth, and green olive brine.   The quality of the drink can significantly depend on the type of Mezcal used, which makes selection potentially challenging for those unfamiliar with this spirit. This cocktail is an interesting variant of the classic Martini, where gin or vodka are replaced by smoky Mezcal, providing a unique flavor profile that is an excellent introduction to this distinctive Mexican spirit.

A side shot of a Mezcal Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a turquoise tray surrounded by a strainer and a bowl with olives inside, in front of a purple background

What is a Mezcal Martini made of – The ingredients

A Mezcal Martini requires these specific ingredients:

  • Mezcal: This is the base spirit of the cocktail. It gives the drink its smoky and earthy flavor. Although Espadin Mezcal is usually preferred for this recipe, feel free to experiment with other types of Mezcal.
  • Dry Vermouth: Introduces herbal and slightly floral notes to the cocktail, balancing the strong flavors of the Mezcal and olive brine.
  • Extra Dry Vermouth: Adds a crisp, dry quality that complements the dry vermouth, contributing to the Martini’s layered and sophisticated flavor profile.
  • Olive Brine: Adds a savory and salty component that enhances the complexity of the cocktail, providing a delicious contrast to the smoky Mezcal.
  • Ice: Used to chill the cocktail and slightly dilute it, making it smoother to drink.
  • Castelvetrano Olive: Used as a garnish, this olive adds a touch of savory flavor and a visual element that enhances the overall presentation of the cocktail.

Espadin Mezcal, dry Vermouth, extra dry Vermouth, olive and olive brine laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mezcal Martini?

Before making your gimlet, make sure you have these ingredients:

1
<p>Begin by filling a Martini glass with ice cubes.</p>

Begin by filling a Martini glass with ice cubes.

2
<p>Give it a stir to chill it, then set it aside. It will allow the class to cool down while you are preparing the drink and ensure your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Give it a stir to chill it, then set it aside. It will allow the class to cool down while you are preparing the drink and ensure your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.

3
<p>Pour ½ ounce of olive brine into the mixing glass. The olive brine adds a savory, salty element that balances the smoky flavor of the Mezcal and provides a classic Martini twist.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of olive brine into the mixing glass. The olive brine adds a savory, salty element that balances the smoky flavor of the Mezcal and provides a classic Martini twist.

4
<p>Measure and pour ½ ounce of dry vermouth into the mixing glass.</p>

Measure and pour ½ ounce of dry vermouth into the mixing glass.

5
<p>Measure and pour ½ ounce extra dry vermouth into the mixing glass. The vermouth adds herbal and floral notes, enhancing the complexity of the cocktail and complementing the smoky Mezcal.</p>

Measure and pour ½ ounce extra dry vermouth into the mixing glass. The vermouth adds herbal and floral notes, enhancing the complexity of the cocktail and complementing the smoky Mezcal.

6
<p>Finally, add 2 ounces of Mezcal, preferably Espadin, to the mix. The Mezcal introduces a smoky and complex depth of flavor.</p>

Finally, add 2 ounces of Mezcal, preferably Espadin, to the mix. The Mezcal introduces a smoky and complex depth of flavor.

7
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.

8
<p>Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well for about 15-20 seconds. This chilling and dilution process helps to meld the flavors together harmoniously. Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel more dilution is necessary.</p>

Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well for about 15-20 seconds. This chilling and dilution process helps to meld the flavors together harmoniously. Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel more dilution is necessary.

9
<p>Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.</p>

Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.

10
<p>Garnish with a Castelvetrano olive (or any other kind of pitted olive of your liking), either on a skewer or dropped directly into the glass. This adds a visual appeal and a hint of savory flavor to the cocktail.</p>

Garnish with a Castelvetrano olive (or any other kind of pitted olive of your liking), either on a skewer or dropped directly into the glass. This adds a visual appeal and a hint of savory flavor to the cocktail.

Serve immediately and enjoy the sophisticated blend of smoky Mezcal and herbal vermouth in this unique twist on a classic Dirty Martini.

History and Origin of the Mezcal Martini

The Mezcal Martini recipe presented in this article is our take on Lane Harlan’s recipe (from W.C. Harlan & Bar Clavel, Baltimore). It is a twist on the classic Dirty Martini, using a blend of both dry and extra dry vermouth and Mezcal instead of Gin.

Mezcal is a strong alcoholic drink made from any agave plant from Mexico. For hundreds of years, only people in Mexico knew about this drink. But as more people worldwide started liking unique flavors and handmade spirits, they began to notice Mezcal. In the early 2000s, bartenders started playing with this smoky drink. They wanted to use it in classic cocktails to give them a new twist. The (Dry) Martini, one of the most famous cocktails, was an excellent choice for trying something new, and that’s certainly how this twist was born.

A Mezcal Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Espadin Mezcal, dry Vermouth, extra dry Vermouth, olive and olive brine

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FAQ

How many calories does a Mezcal Martini contain?
A standard Mezcal Martini contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Mezcal Martini?
The strength of a Mezcal Martini can vary based on the type of Mezcal used and the ratio of ingredients. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 25-30% and a proof of 50-60. This makes it a strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal Martini?
As the name suggests, a Mezcal Martini uses Mezcal as its primary alcohol. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any agave plant native to Mexico. This recipe also calls for a blend of Dry and Extra Dry Vermouth.
In what kind of glass is a Mezcal Martini served?
Traditionally, a Mezcal Martini is served in a martini or coupe glass. These glasses are ideal for showcasing the clarity and color of the cocktail.
What does a Mezcal Martini taste like?
A Mezcal Martini offers a unique flavor profile that's smoky, slightly savory, and with an underlying earthiness from the Mezcal. The vermouth adds complexity and depth to the drink, while the olive brine brings in a hint of salt and umami flavors.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mezcal Martini?
The typical ratio for a Mezcal Martini is 1 part Espadin Mezcal to ¼ part Dry Vermouth, ¼ part Extra-Dry Vermouth and ¼ part green olive brine.
How is a Mezcal Martini served with ice?
A Mezcal Martini is typically served 'up,' which means it's shaken or stirred with ice to chill it, then strained into a glass without ice. This method helps to cool down the drink while controlling the level of dilution.

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