Food - Drink
Bar Moruno's Salmon Martini Takes Weeks To Prepare
By MICHELLE WELSCH
Shaking up your own martini may take work, but planning to prepare your drink for weeks in advance is a much greater feat. That's exactly what happens at Bar Moruno, a vibrant establishment on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, where one martini made with smoked salmon takes nearly three weeks to prepare.
It takes a while for gin to take on the flavor of smoked salmon, and while the concoction sounds odd, salmon gin is actually a delicious savory addition to cocktails. The technique to make the drink is known as fat-washing, which involves mixing fats or oils with distilled liquors and chilling the combination until the fat congeals.
Before the alcohol is served, the layers of fat are removed, resulting in a buttery-smooth spirit imbued with flavor and richness. Bar Moruno perfects their drink by blending the infused gin with a sweeter blanco vermouth to help balance out the richness, and fitting a caperberry garnish is added to round out the unique martini.