Martini Oaxaqueño (Mezcal Dirty Martini With Castelvetrano Olives) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

This drink, slightly adapted from Cala in San Francisco, is really a hybrid of a martini and a mezcal margarita, made savory, rich, and somewhat salty with the addition of Castelvetrano olive brine. The cocktail is bright, briny, and refreshing, with a delicate touch of smoke.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 4 Castelvetrano olives, for garnish

  • 4 ounces (120ml) mezcal

  • 1 ounce (30ml) Mandarine Napoléon (see note)

  • 1 ounce (30ml) fresh juice from 1 lime

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Castelvetrano olive brine (Divina brand preferred; see note)

  • 4 dashes Bar Keep Fennel Bitters (see note)


  1. Chill 2 martini glasses. Thread 2 cocktail picks with 2 olives each.

  2. Add mezcal, Mandarine Napoléon, lime juice, olive brine, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into chilled glasses, garnishing each with a cocktail pick. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer, 2 cocktail picks for garnish


Divina Castelvetrano olives are available at many gourmet grocery stores. If you can't find them, consider halving the olive brine and adding more to taste, as salt levels vary drastically. If you don't have Mandarine Napoléon, you can substitute Cointreau or Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao. Bar Keep Fennel Bitters are available where cocktail bitters are sold, and online here and here. If you can't find them, the drink is also tasty with orange bitters instead.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
185 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 21mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)