KosherKocktails: Our Dirty Vilnius-Tini

By Robin Tim Weis

The Lithuanian parliament recently passed legislation that is expected to simplify the naturalization of Litvak Jews abroad and that of their descendants. Given that we celebrated similar news in Portugal, Fig Tree & Vine decided to continue the practice of crafting custom cocktails that correlate with positive news occurring amongst the European Jewish communities.

For Lithuania, we decided to inject a Lithuanian staple into an old world classic: the martini. Try this ‘Vilnius-tini’ a truly dirty martini with a fine dill touch that pays tribute to the ubiquitousness of dill in Lithuanian cuisine.

For one martini:

2 oz Gera Vodka (the best Lithuanian vodka you will find in the US)
0.5 oz dry Vermouth
0.5 oz Caper juice
0.3 oz Dill simple syrup (see recipe below)
Sprigs of dill for garnish

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, vermouth, caper juice and dill simple syrup. Shake vigorously for ten seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of dill.

For the dill simple syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 bunch fresh dill

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, transfer syrup to an airtight container, and place your entire bunch off dill into the container, tearing it up as you add it in order to release the aromas. Allow the dill to infuse for at 12 hours. Once ready to use, strain through a cheesecloth into a clean container.

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