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Olives – The Object of Desire!

There’s probably hundreds, perhaps thousands of tasty ways, to celebrate Olive Day. However, in our case, we’d like to extend an olive branch—over a few martinis then shake it gently until those briny green baubles land gently on top!

Other garnishes like lemon peels or pearl onions can be used depending on the sipper’s preference or martini’s recipe, but the out-going olive is the only way to dress a martini for success!

Fortunately, you can slip into your nearby Spec’s for a world-class selection of olives and all the ingredients to make one of the stirred, not shaken martinis below.

The Classic
2½ oz vodka
¼ oz dry vermouth
¼ olive brine
Two green olives for garnish

Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes and add vodka and absinthe. Stir gently and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with green olives on a cocktail stick.

Wall Street
3 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 dash bitters
Green olive for garnish

Fill mixing glass with ice cubes. Add gin, vermouth, and bitters. Stir gently then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a green olive.

The Benjamin
1 oz gin
1 oz green chartreuse
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Green olive for garnish
Lemon slice for garnish

Pour gin, chartreuse, vermouth, bitters into an ice filled mixing glass Stir gently


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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