Garnishing your cocktails with Greek Olives

There are many different cocktail recipes which require you to add a garnish of olives, all that are very tasty and elegant. Many people just opt for simple Spanish olives as a garnish, however Greek olives are the choice of many bar experts. A much better tasting garnish is the Halkidiki olive, especially when stuffed with almond! Here are some quick cocktail recipes you can make at home that can all be finished off with a gorgeous Greek olive (or two)!

A Dirty Martini
One of the most popular cocktails to serve with an olive is the dirty Martini. Olives will take away the dryness of this favourite drink and add a slight tang instead.

  • You will need 70ml of vodka or gin, depending on your favourite!
  • A dash of extra dry vermouth or Martini.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive brine which can be drained from the olive jar.
  • 1 wedge of lemon.
  • 1 Halkidiki Olive

Pour the vodka or gin, vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until the shaker begins to get cold. Then rub the rim of your glass with the lemon wedge and strain the drink into the glass. Finally garnish with your Halkidiki olive. Perfect!

The Manhattan
For those who prefer whiskey to light spirits, the Manhattan is the drink for you! This high alcohol content drink has no mixer, so sip rather than glug.

  • You will need 70ml of your favourite whiskey.
  • A dash of sweet vermouth.
  • 1 Halkidiki Olive

Simply shake the whiskey and vermouth together in a cocktail shaker, half filled with ice. Serve in a short glass with the Greek olive to garnish.

How to use olives as a garnish

If you are unsure on how to use olives as a garnish then there are two different ways to learn. The easiest way is to use a cocktail stick through the olives, which will then rest in the glass. If you want you can then have several olives instead of just the one!

The second way will require a sharp knife and a steady hand. Simply make a small incision in the thickest part of the olive and squeeze. This should open up a little valley which is the perfect size to fit on the edge of your glass. This technique may take a bit of practice to get right, but looks fantastic at parties.

Always make sure you use top quality olives or you may find that your garnishes will not complement the drink in the correct way.

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