While visiting friends in Colorado Springs, I was introduced to an awesome martini recipe that is a new favorite for me. The only problem is I need to find these delicious olives back in Maryland so I can make it for myself. This was perfect timing, as the Diva over at Beach Eats had just issued a Thirsty Thursdays Challenge, and the theme for April is gin! Be sure to check Beach Eats after May 6th to see all the other fabulous gin recipes, and celebrate with me if I win the challenge!

This is basically a spicy dirty martini, but I have dubbed it "Mile High Martini" since (1) we were in Colorado Springs when I first tasted it, and (2) I learned very quickly the impact of high altitude on your tolerance for alcohol.  After one and a half of these, I was pretty damn loopy.  Slept really well that night too!

Rick (our friend in Colorado Springs) found these "Italian Olives" somewhere at a crafts/foods fair. They are green olives soaking in oil, whole garlic cloves, and lots of crushed red pepper flakes. He drained out the oil and replaced it with gin, and basically just used the olive "juice" in the drink. I hope I can find these olives back home, or else I'm going to have to make my own concoction!

One final note: Rick made the first drink for me, so by the time I was learning how to make the drink myself, I was already feeling pretty good and my attention span and memory retention were not all there. Therefore, these measurements are an estimate...but they should be close.

Mile High Martini
2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
1/8 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. "juice" from Italian Olives, as noted above (make sure you get plenty of red pepper flakes in there!)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Enjoy, and repeat if you are able!