In this martini-inspired cocktail, we omitted the briny olives and made a cardamom-infused saline solution (think simple syrup, but with salt instead of sugar). Try it with a zero-proof gin for an alcohol-free version!
1½ oz Gin, London Dry, preferably Beefeater
1½ oz dry vermouth
¼ oz cardamom infused saline solution
1 rinse Fino sherry (optional)
Cardamom-Infused Saline Solution
Combine 1 tsp salt per 2 oz of water. Bring the water to a boil and stir in salt until dissolved. While the water is still very hot, add ¼ tsp of ground Cloud Forest Cardamom for every tsp of salt. Put the ground cardamom in a tea strainer and steep in the saline solution for 20 minutes or until flavor is to your liking.
Combine all ingredients except sherry (if using) and stir in a mixing glass or pint glass over lots of ice until very cold.
If using sherry, rinse your glass with a little, just to coat the sides.
Pour through a julep strainer or Hawthorne strainer into a coupe, martini glass or Nick & Nora.