Dirty Martini (August 11, 2021)

This dirty martini features a bay leaf as a garnish, in addition to the usual olives.

Elizabeth’s good friend Nick, with the green thumb, has been involved in more than one of our happy hours this week. Well, it’s more accurate to say that the fruits of his labor have made their way into our drinks. Witness The Adventures of Huckleberry Vin and the Hood Canal Gin and Tonic!

This time, Nick sent us home with a jar of what he called “Poor Man’s Capers.” He even wrote that on the jar lid. I may not have the details correct, but I think they’re nasturtium seeds. They’re a little bigger than capers, but not quite as large as caper berries. They are a tad less salty than capers, but delicious!

Elizabeth used the brine that he pickled them in – an amazing salty brine – to dirty my martini. Nice and filthy, just the way I like it!

We think “Rich Man’s Capers” is a better name for these treats. Elizabeth also added a bay leaf to the garnish because why not? It looks great.

I brought this drink to a NYC Happy Hour that I attend every two weeks, and this martini was, in a word, delightful.


  • 3 oz. Gin

  • 2 oz. brine from so-called “Poor Man’s Capers,” thanks to Nick

  • Olives to garnish

  • Bay leaf to garnish


  • Shake the liquids with ice until satisfied.
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Enjoyed on August 11, 2021


  1. Nick09/06/2021 | Reply

    Honored to be so immortalized! You’re welcome back anytime.

    • admin09/07/2021 | Reply

      Yay! Thank you!! We couldn't have made these drinks without you!!

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