I promise this will be my last entry for ramps, then I’ll move along to something else. When ramps season rolls around again next year, I’ll only pester you with one mention of the subject.
Martinis can be a contentious subject. There are those who prefer vodka martinis, and purists who insist that real martinis are made with gin. Vodka or gin? Shaken or stirred? Olive, onion, or lemon? Vermouth or no vermouth? Every dedicated martini drinker has their preference, and this recipe is based on how I like my martini. Ramps provide a seasonal departure from my typical dirty martini with 3 or 4 olives. I like my ratio of gin to vermouth at 4:1.
Dirty Ramp Martini
2 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
1/2 ounce Noilly Prat Vermouth (I DO NOT like the Martini & Rossi… blech!)
Splash of ramp brine
Pickled Ramp for garnishing
Place gin, vermouth, and ramp brine in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a pickled ramp.
Cheers! And please remember to drink responsibly.