Olives and Cocktails: A Match Made in Heaven

Olives have a relatively long history of being used as garnishes in cocktails. The most famous cocktail that utilizes the exquisite flavor of olives is the Martini, the origin of which has been vehemently debated for ages. The most popular theory is that this drink originated sometime around the late 1800s in the United States. There is some evidence that Russians drank a mix of vodka and pickle brine to help cure hangovers - this may be an early ancestor of the martini, or it may simply be an independently evolved drink. After the introduction of James Bond movies, and Bond's favored drink order of a martini "shaken, not stirred," the martini enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.

Method: 1. Pour the gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass. 2. Slowly add the olive brine (if desired). 3. Stir. 4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 5. Garnish with Green Olives