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Entry from October 21, 2007
Okratini (Okra + Martini)

Okra is a popular Southern food, but is it popular enough to be served with cocktails? The seldom-served “Okratini” (okra + martini) is simply the usual martini cocktail (gin and vermouth) with a pickled okra pod added instead of an olive.

Okra may also be served with a Texas martini.


Wikipedia: List of martini variations
An Okratini is a standard dry martini with a pickled okra garnish/swizzle stick

Talk O’ Texas Crisp Okra Pickles
These tasty treats are a great addition to almost any occasion or recipe when you would use a cucumber pickle. And just try one in a martini, called an ‘Okratini’, or try one in a Bloody Mary.

Talk O’ Texas Crisp Okra Pickles are available in Hot or Mild 16 oz. jars. Both have the same wonderful garlic dill flavor.

Talk O’Texas - Recipes
Cattleman’s Texas Martini
1 - 16 oz jar Talk o’ Texas Crisp Hot Okra Pickles
2 tablespoons Vermouth
6 oz Tito’s Handmade vodka

Remove lid from jar of pickled okra, invert and drain all liquid while holding okra in jar. Discard liquid. Add Vermouth and vodka to jar, replace lid. Place mixture in refrigerator to age over night. After aging, pour liquid from mixture into a large ice filled shaker. Shake very well. Strain into three chilled martini glasses. Place one pickled okra in each glass, snack on remaining pickled okra while savoring the best ever martini with a couple of your closest friends. Enjoy in moderation and responsibly. 
Jon R. Averhoff

16 March 1971, Marysville (OH) Journal-Tribune, pg. 2, col. 2:
In New York, a Tex-Mex restaurant has invented a cocktail called the “okratini.” Essentially it’s a martini, but is served with a pickled okra pod instead of an olive.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, October 21, 2007 • Permalink