Recipe(s): Two-Ingredient Martini + an Antipasto Platter

Mezzetta recently asked me to use a few of their products to share a recipe associated with a favorite holiday memory, and immediately I thought about my family and some friends gathering around the island in my parents' kitchen for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. It's my favorite part of every holiday--especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For Thanksgiving we often make Cosmopolitans, which are delicious but a bit sweet, and from time to time we've been known to shake up a few rounds of Lemon Drop Martinis, which are practically a dessert on their own. When it comes to eating and drinking around the holidays, I'm a big fan of a dirty martini with vodka--it's fancy but straightforward, and its salty olive flavor goes so well with a nice antipasto platter, which is one of my mom's specialties. I've included both recipes for you below. Enjoy!

Really Dirty (Kind of Filthy) Martini


  • One part vodka
  • One and a half parts juice from Mezzetta Martini Olives Marinated in Dry Vermouth (If you like your martinis less dirty, just do one part--or less--of olive juice.)
  • Ice
  • Two or three olives, for garnish


  1. Place vodka and olive juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well until the shaker is really cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a toothpick loaded with olives.
  3. Enjoy with snacks and some people you really like.


Antipasto Platter

Any or All of the Following Ingredients:

  • Pepperoncini/Banana Peppers
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Marinated Roasted Red, Yellow, or Orange Peppers
  • Salami, Pepperoni, and/or Mortadella
  • Any assortment of cheese--Parmesan, Gouda, Brie, Manchego, etc.
  • Crackers and/or Bread

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Photos by Sarah Gatrell of Photo + Love.