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March 8, 2011

#67: Angry Martini

1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
3 1/2 oz Gin or Vodka
Combine in a mixing glass with ice and stir.
Either strain into a chilled glass or pour with ice into a short glass.
Use either a pepperoncini, jalapeño, or habañero as a garnish

I made this drink using Gin instead of Vodka, to get a more traditional martini taste. I do prefer Vodka, but Gin just has that something special when making a martini.

The pepperoncini juice added just a touch of a bit to the drink, making it into something you just don't have every day. Angry was the right description. Other than the very slight taste of the juice from the pepper, this is really a very standard martini. So now I was angry. Where was the payoff here?

That comes when you take a bite of the pepper garnish. You get the bite of whatever pepper you used, as well as having all of the juice pour into the drink. Now we're talking. At this point the drink became more like a spicy dirty Martini, and it was really good. I am glad I used a pepperoncini, which I could honestly take a bite out of, rather than a jalapeño or a habañero. That might have made me very angry.

The chilled gin after the pepper was perfect, refreshing, and extraordinarily sippable. I definitely enjoyed finishing this off.

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