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Creepy Crawler Martini

This Creepy Crawler Martini will get under your skin! A varition on a dirty Martini, it features Aquavit and sherry making what could arguably be one of my favorite Martinis with a fennel “antennae” in a black olive creates a creepy crawly garnish I got to combine to of my favorite things- a good dirty Martini and a campy, creepy Halloween cocktail.

What is Aquavit

Aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit that is often compared to gin, but very much it’s own spirit. It is a neutral grain spirit made with botanicals, but where Aquavit differs is the base botanical is distilled with caraway seed instead of juniper which gives it a savory, anisette flavor. Thing rye bread! The word Aquavit is derived from the Latin aqua vitae which translates to “water of life.” Because it can contain many other botanicals besides caraway, each bottle will taste different so explore a few different expressions and find your favorite. I It’s versatile and a great alternative to gin, especially for those that are juniper adverse. It’s my husbands favorite spirit so we always have a bottle on hand for Martinis like this Creepy Crawler Martini, Aquavit & Tonics and sipping neat with some fennel.

Brands of Aquavit I Love

Venus Spirits – caraway seed, juniper, coriander, orange & anise.

Krogstad – flavored with star anise and caraway seed

Ahuas – caraway, rosemary, lemon peel, fennel and Seville orange

Martini Modifiers

Martinis are classically made with just vermouth, even if just a whisper. Adding in dry sherry olive brine


Creepy Crawler Martini- Halloween Aquavit Martini

Ashley Rose Conway



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A creepy crawly and spooky dirty Halloween Martini variation with Aquavit.


2 1/2 oz aquavit, I used Venus Spirits
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz Manzanilla sherry
1/4 oz olive brine
2 dashes celery bitters
garnish: black olive with fennel “antennae “


Chill a coupe glass
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir 50 times.
Strain into a coupe glass
Garnish: poke holes into a black olive with a skewer or pick. Insert fennel or dill into the holes to make antennae. Add to glass rime or pick.



Keywords: halloween, cocktail, creppy, dirty martini

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