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Oscar season is a pretty big deal out here in Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the biz or just overly enthused about the red carpet – most people have been plotting their viewing parties for weeks.
When it comes to entertaining this year, leave the movie-themed gimmicks behind and get black tie fabulous. Nothing screams glitz and glamor quite like a perfectly made martini served in a chic nick & nora style coupe.
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka asked me to put on the ritz with and create an Oscar-worthy cocktail…we knew it had to be something unexpected. Especially because this particular spirit is unlike any vodka we’ve tried…as in it actually has flavor! It’s a nicely rounded earthy finish who’s sweet vanilla notes would partner perfectly with something salty & acidic –like our favorite happy hour bite: Banderillas.
Banderillas Savory Martini
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1⁄2 oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 oz. Dolin Dry vermouth
1⁄2 oz. dry amontillado sherry
3 dashes peach bitters
Garnished with Banderillas
In a cocktail mixer, combine the vodka, vermouth, sherry, and bitters with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a skewer of savory tapas.
tuna stuffed olives
Boquerones (White Spanish anchovies)
Wrap olives with Boquerones and arrange ingredients on a cocktail pick.
*Additional Ingredient Suggestions: Cocktail onions, pickled carrots, Jamon
Since Banderillas are a bite with tons of personality (hello tuna stuffed olives wrapped with white anchovies!!!) I wanted the cocktail to be dry and smooth, with a little bit of snap. Pairing the Bison Grass Vodka with an extra dry Sherry and vermouth + a splash of peach bitters really brings a complexity to your standard ‘tini without being too overpowered by all the bold Banderillas flavors.
Appetizer garnish + sexy cocktail?! Yes please, it’s like two handsome leading men who both take home the gold statue. In a word – winning.
Have you experimented with Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka? I’d love to know how you’re using it too!