Dirty Martini with a Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Twist

A dirty martina
Photo by David Prince

Courtesy of McLain Hedges, beverage director, Morin, Denver

A complex take on the classic Dirty Martini, the surprise ingredient here is an orange wine from Umbria, a mix of Grechetto, Malvasia, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. “The wine itself is beautifully aromatic, structured, briny and a bit funky,” says Hedges. It lends depth and aromatics to the finished cocktail. “Picture sitting on the Mediterranean, snacking on sardines and olives and knocking back a few of these as an afternoon retreat,” he says.

Four Simple Italian Wine Cocktails
  • 1½ ounces Hendricks Gin
  • 1 ounce Paolo Bea Santa Chiara
  • ÂĽ ounce olive brine
  • 4 dashes blanc rhum agricole
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Pickles and pickled vegetables, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well, and strain into stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with pickles and pickled vegetables.

Published on March 22, 2019