I made this as an alternative to Greg’s standard dirty martini. Flavored vodkas can be pricey. Making a simple syrup is a cheaper alternative.
- 3 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 tsp sherry
- 1/2 ounce peppercorn simple syrup (see note)
Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a hot pepper, if you can take the heat. I can’t, which is why I made this for Greg.
Peppercorn simple syrup
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 tsp green or black whole peppercorns
- 2 tsp crushed mixed color peppercorns
Combine ingredients in a two-quart saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until thick. Take off heat and strain into a heatproof container. Allow to cool. Keep refrigerated.