No doubt you’ve seen images of The Quarantini on social media of late, a cocktail described as “a regular Martini, but you drink it alone in your house”. This is our version, a vodka-based cocktail flavoured with a pantry ingredient.
The Quarantini is a vodka-based Martini that gets an umami punch from an easy to make nori tincture. The tincture is simply prepared by infusing nori sheets in vodka then fine straining it into a glass jar. It keeps indefinitely in the freezer and can be used to flavour other savoury drinks.
Since you’ll be making a tincture and keeping it for future use, you can scale up the cocktail recipe to the quantities you like, pre-batch The Quarantini with dilution and store it in the freezer. Otherwise, when going through the Martini making ritual, add a little sea salt or a saline spray which brightens up the flavours.
The Quarantini is a drink best served super chilled or straight from the freezer.
The Quarantini Cocktail Recipe
Original recipe created by Cocktails & Bars
- 60ml vodka⠀
- 7ml dry vermouth
- 1 barspoon of nori tincture *
- a little sea salt or saline spray
Glassware: Martini glass
Garnish: toasted nori sheet (optional)
To make the nori tincture, infuse shredded nori sheets in 40% ABV vodka for 2-4 hours depending on taste. Fine strain, bottle and store in the freezer.
To make The Quarantini, in a mixing glass, stir vodka, dry vermouth and nori tincture over ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, sprinkle a little sea salt or a saline spray. Garnish with a toasted nori sheet on a skewer (not shown).
Corinne Mossati has been writing about bars, spirits and the food scene for over 10 years. After she founded Gourmantic in 2009, she launched Cocktails & Bars in 2015 and The Gourmantic Garden in 2020. She has been named Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, has judged over 30 cocktail competitions, was nominated in Icons of Whisky Australia 2020 and is published in several media including Executive Style by Fairfax. Read the full bio here.
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