Cocktail of the Month: Marseillan Martini

Philippe Gouze, General Manager of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, describes this briny, bracing martini as an homage to Marseille.


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Philippe Gouze describes this briny, bracing martini as an homage to Marseille, the French seaside city where he spent many summers as a child, and where Noilly Prat is produced. “The sound of the wind and ocean inspired me to make a cocktail that brings a sense of the area,” he explained. The area is famed for its oysters, while thyme, savory and marjoram grow wild in the countryside; both elements are incorporated into this refreshing, herbal drink. Even the oyster-water foam evokes the froth of the sea.

Ingredients:
4 ounces vodka
Fresh lemon
thyme
1 oyster
Juice of 1 lemon
1 egg white
2 ounces Noilly Prat Dry

Muddle the vodka with lemon thyme, then strain.

Shuck the oyster, reserving and straining the water from within the oyster shell. Mix the oyster water with lemon juice and egg white, and whip into a foam.

Shake the infused vodka and Noilly Prat with ice, and strain into a martini glass. Top with the oyster water foam. Garnish with oyster and a fresh sprig of thyme.

*Note—this is a double-sized martini, so drink with caution!

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Reader Comments:
Apr 2, 2011 04:28 am
 Posted by  PierrePierre

It's a pity Philippe Gouze cannot remember where he spent his childhood holidays! Noilly Prat is made in Marseillan, a small port in the Languedoc. It is not made in Marseille!

Apr 8, 2011 05:42 pm
 Posted by  smfone

Oooo... oysters IN a cocktail! Wowee!

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