Smoky Martini – Palomino, San Francisco

smoky martinidotw logoAfter a meeting, we ended up at Palomino on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.The place is known for a great bar, wonderful bay views and innovative cocktails. Our server, Marsha, suggested I try this vodka martini flavored with a splash of 18 year old Glenlivet and Nolly Pratt Dry Vermouth. Not one to mix my vodka and whiskey, I was skeptical to say the least. Marsha ensured me it was tasty. She was right. The Scotch gave the cocktail a wonderful smoky flavor. Garnished with a pepperoni and a blue cheese stuffed olive this martini get a DOTW thumbs up.


3 oz Grey Goose vodka
Splash 18 year old Glenlivet scotch
Splash Nolly Pratt Dry Vermouth


Combine is a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a blue cheese stuffed olive and a pepperoni.

Thanks, Marsha!

Palomino – San Francisco


  1. Profile photo of by opinionatedalchemist, April 26th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I cannot see, where Glenlivet is smoky…
    I would also substitute the vermouth with the malt – the whisky flavors are that strong, that the vermouth is only confusing [but does not add something good] – and then it becomes smoky, if you use a nice Islay malt (Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Ardbeg or Laphroaig – did I forgot one?) or at least Talisker which is also kinda peaty/smoky….