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Dirty Martini Variation: The Congressman’s Lunch

Inspired by the Dirty Martini, this recipe from bartender Brian Nixon takes the booze down a notch. “I wanted to make a drink that had a similar flavor profile without the risk of being intoxicated after two or three,” he says. “This variation has a nice brightness with just a touch of salinity from the sherry and acidity from the pickle brine.”


  • 1 oz. gin or vodka
  • 1 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 1 oz. Fino sherry
  • 1/4 oz. Gordy's Pickle Brine (Or regular dill pickle brine)
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters
  • Tools:barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:cocktail onion and cornichon


Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish.

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