how to make the fenneltini – the fennel martini

Fenneltini, as I call it is variation of the dirty martini. As far as I know, this is a original recipe of mine which was inspired by the dirty martini. As with the dirty martini, the Fenneltini can made either with Gin or Vodka. The names does not come from the ingredients of the drink, but more from the smell and taste of it. Of course, you have to garnish it with a piece of the fennel itself.


  • 3 shots of Vodka or Gin
  • 1/2 shot of Vermouth
  • 3/4 shot of the Olive Juice/Brine
  • A small dash of Absinthe
  • A cut piece of fresh fennel


  1. Put 3 or 4 cubes of ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Pour 3 shots of Vodka or Gin into the shaker
  3. Add 3/4 of a shot of Olive Juice
  4. Add 1/2 a shot of Vermouth
  5. Shake the ingredients about 5 to 10 times ( You may also stir with a long spoon instead of shaking depending on your taste)
  6. Put a dash of absinthe in a chilled martini glass and swirl it around so that the glass is thinly coated
  7. Empty the excess absinthe from the glass
  8. Strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled martini glass
  9. Garnish with a fennel (on skewer)

Martini with a Fennel Garnish

Tips :

  • Go easy on the Absinthe. Absinthe is a very strong Liquorice tasting liqueur which means even a very small excess will make it taste bad. If you taste the Absinthe instead of a fennel taste, you have added too much Absinthe!
  • Go easy on vermouth (which is actually optional), if you like it extra dry.
  • Make sure to chill the martini glass before starting on the preparation.


  • A shot is usually about 1.5 ounces. Your shot glass size size may vary.
  • You may stir with a long handled spoon instead of shaking if you are worried about bruising the Gin.
  • This recipe make one big jumbo sized martini of about 5 shots (who drinks a kid sized martini anyways?)
  • A Fennel martini made with the above measurements will have approximately 380 calories.