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.
- 4 ounces vodka
- Fresh lemon
- 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!