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Dilly Martini…What I’m Drinking This Week

I picked dill as the herb of the week, so what would work with dill in a cocktail? I kept thinking of dill pickles, and thought why not? If you can have a dirty martini with olive brine, you could have a dill martini with dill pickle juice. The vodka is smooth, the pickle brine adds some pucker, and the dill adds a bit of freshness. Garnish with a pickle slice and serve it up chilled with a corned beef or Reuben sandwich, and you’re all set! Cheers!

Dilly Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. vodka (I used Skyy Vodka)

1 0z. dill pickle juice

splash dry vermouth

sprig of fresh dill

garnish: a pickle slice and sprig of fresh dill

Instructions

Muddle dill in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, pickle juice, and vermouth. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the pickle slice and fresh dill.

Please sip responsibly.

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A Good Dill of Herbal Usefulness

The word dill means to soothe, and this herb of Mediterranean and southwestern Asian origin has been used as a medicinal herb as far back as ancient Egypt to calm upset stomachs and soothe fussy, colicky babies. The first reference to dill as a culinary herb came in 3000 B.C.E. when the Babylonians grew dill in their gardens. Dill also has minor role in the Christian Bible in Matthew 23:23, although in the King James Version, the word dill is translated (or mis-translated) to ‘anise’. It is also mentioned in the Jewish Talmud. In Medieval times, dill was thought to protect people from witchcraft, to make love potions more powerful, and as a good luck charm to bless a wedding. As a medicinal herb, dill is high in calcium and has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. As a culinary herb, dill is used all over the world. Common culinary uses include dill with salmon (or gravlax) in Sweden, dill in rice in the Middle East, dill pickles (of course!)  in Germany, and dill in stuffed grape leave (dolmas) in Greece.

Dill’s horticultural name is Anethum graveolens. It is a member of the Apiaceae family, which includes carrots, fennel, cilantro, Queen Anne’s

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