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Chardonnay Vodka, Oyster Martini, Downton Distillery, Shell, Wiltshire, World Vodka

Oyster Martini

Time to be adventurous and try something new outside your comfort zone? The Oyster Martini has become the vibiest cocktail of 2023.

We know that you can pair shell fish with Chardonnay or a Chablis, but did you know you can pair Oysters with a good vodka creating something sublime. Oysters are known for their minerality which complements our Chardonnay Vodka beautifully. This martini is an ocean in a glass, it is fresh, saline, with complex mineral notes dancing on your tongue transporting you from your home to the ocean.

Try serving an oyster (found in Waitrose) alongside your martini. The oyster brine can be added into the martini when assembling it.

This cocktail is easy to make but does require some preparation beforehand.

Ease of Making: Easy

Glass Type: Coupe Glass

Taste: Smooth, mineral & savoury notes.

 Recipe:

  • 350ml Chardonnay Vodka
  • 125ml Vermouth (Lillet Blanc)
  • 6 Oyster Shells (3 Oysters)
  • 25g Samphire
  • This will create five 95ml cocktails.

 Preparation Prior:

Vodka / Oyster Shell

  • Wash and clean the oyster shells, wrap them in a towel and smash up with a meat tenderiser or rolling pin.
  • Place the broken oyster shells into a Pyrex container.
  • Cover the broken oyster shell with the 350ml Chardonnay Vodka.
  • Infuse for 24hrs then pass through a coffee filter, removing the shell.

 Vermouth / Samphire

  • Wash and chop samphire into small pieces.
  • Cover the samphire with 100ml vermouth in a Pyrex container.
  • Infuse for 24hrs then pass through a coffee filter, removing the samphire.

 Method:

  • Place a handful of ice into a stirring jug
  • Add 70ml of the Oyster infused Vodka and 25ml of Samphire infused Vermouth.
  • Slowly stir, chilling the spirits.
  • Zest your coupe glass with lemon peel.
  • Pour your martini through a sieve into your coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel.

Variations:

  • Add Oyster brine (fresh oyster juice) to the cocktail when stirring.
  • Replace the Samphire infused vermouth with normal Lillet Blanc.
  • Add 5ml – 10ml of Jalapeno brine.
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