03 Jun 2013 Monday

Who Put the ‘Dirty’ in the Dirty Martini?

Although the history of the martini is somewhat cloudy, we do know that the popularity of the martini skyrocketed after British Agent 007, James Bond, ordered a martini in the hit movie "Dr. No." T. But where did the ‘dirty’ come from?
Long before 007 ordered his now infamous martini drink, the Russians were making their favorite drink of choice, a mix of vodka and pickle brine or vodka and tomato brine. The brine was taken right from the jar and mixed with the vodka. This drink was considered a ‘morning remedy’ in Russia, kind of like the Bloody Mary is in the US. Ask any Russian and they will tell you that after a long night of partying, they would make themselves a drink with pickle brine and vodka—instead of a Bloody Mary. After all, who has the time or energy to look for horseradish and tomato juice when they have a hangover? This century old martini recipe traveled around the world, with each country creating its own version of the original. In the US, bartenders take olive brine straight from the jar….blending it with vodka to create a dirty version of 007’s martini. So you see, being dirty isn’t anything new. In fact, it’s sort of an old tradition.

Exclusiv Dirty Martini Recipe

  • 3 oz Exclusiv Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Claussen dill pickle Juice/Brine
  • 1/2 oz Olive Juice
  • 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
Garnish with a pickle and olive skewer. (trademark Daniel Seelbinder)
03 Jun 2013 Monday

Enjoy Exclusiv Vodka at Mari Vanna in NYC

Exlcusiv Vodka is one of the fastest growing vodka brands on the market today. Imported from Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe located between Romania and Ukraine, Exlcusiv uses the richest raw materials and finest distilling processes. Surprisingly, a litre of Exclusiv vodka only costs about $13.00. It’s distinct upscale flavor and rich heritage combined with an attractive price point has made Exclusiv Vodka one of the most in-demand Vodka brands for restaurants, retailers and consumers.

Mari Vanna brings authentic Russian cuisine and an extensive menu of Vodka drinks to the heart of New York City. The restaurant is owned and operated by Ginza Project that operates hundreds of restaurants in Europe. Mari Vanna uses Exclusiv Vodka for their proprietary infused vodkas as recommended by their expert technologist.

Exclusiv Vodka is a Best Buy

Exclusiv Vodka was recently rated a ‘Best Buy’ and scored 90 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute. Exclusiv Vodka is available at many other fine hotels, restaurants and retailers throughout the country, with an impressive concentration of availability in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Exclusiv Vodka is imported through Serge Imports, LLC and is available in NY, NJ, CT and FL through the Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG), one of the nation’s leading distributors of fine wines, spirits, beer and other beverages. CSG operates local distributor and/or brokerage houses in 15 markets – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York (Metro and Upstate), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and The District of Columbia.