Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Martini

December 15, 2015

Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Gin Martini // for Jojotastic.comRecently, my husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, The Progress, and had a seat at the bar. Despite being one of the hardest places to get a table at at the moment, we find it easy to grab a bar seat at their beautiful bar. Their cocktail program is out of this world and you select your food via a scan tron, choose your own adventure style menu! We ordered a few dishes, vs. the prix fixe version at the tables, and a couple drinks and call it a successful date night!

Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Gin Martini // for Jojotastic.comOne of the drinks we got there was a martini that changed martinis for me. Savory, herbal and oily- yes oily! Usually this is not a good descriptor, especially in drinks, but this time it equals perfection. They smoked up some olive juice and added olive oil in the martini- crazy good! It enhanced the olive flavor with out the extra brine and the olive oil added a lovely texture that just isn’t there in a regular stirred martini (the ONLY way you should be making a martini!).

Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Gin Martini // for jojotastic.comI knew I had to create a version for myself at home and thus the Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Dirty Martini was born! I was a little perplexed at how the heck to smoke olive juice (I have since figured out a possible way) so I decided to smoke a rosemary stalk and infuse that into olive oil to create an herbal olive oil peppered with smokey flavor. It is divine! It has since become Matt’s favorite drink at home. 

I also write about my love for this Martini here on Jojotastic ‘s site! 

Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Gin Martini // for
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Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Martini

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  • Author: Ashley Rose Conway


 My little twist on the classic cocktail is the smoked rosemary olive oil. It may sound peculiar to dash in some oil to a cocktail, but trust me it works here! 


  • 2 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon olive juice, I used some from a jar of Castelvetrano olives
  • few drops smoked rosemary olive oil (recipe below)
  • rosemary sprig and olive, garnish


Make the smoked rosemary oil a day or so in advance. Add ice to the drinking glass you will be using to chill it. In a mixer glass, add the gin, vermouth, and olive juice to a mixing glass. Add ice to fill the glass 3/4 of the way. Using a bar spoon, mix for 30 seconds. Dump the ice from the drinking glass. With a hawthorn strainer, strain the martini into the chilled glass. Finish with a few drops of the infused oil. Garnish with rosemary sprig and olive.


Smoked Rosemary Oil

  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks rosemary

Place a glass jar on it’s side. Place the rosemary stalks into the jar. Using a lighter, light the rosemary stalks. continuing doing this a few times up and down the stalks. Quickly turn the jar right side up and add the olive oil. Let the rosemary infuse for a couple days. Discard the rosemary and your olive oil is ready to use.

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  • Reply Ginny January 16, 2016 at 9:12 am

    What a sophisticated mix, and I love the glass. I’m looking for glasses like this – can you tell me where you found it, and what this kind of glass is called?

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