Kirshtein also swaps moonshine into another stiff drink standard, the dirty martini, with one small but potent modification: He adds a few dashes of bitters into the briny mix. “I find it cuts down on the roundness a bit and makes it a little more vodka-esque,” he says.
• 3 parts Ole Smoky White Lightnin’
• 1 part olive juice
• Splash of dry vermouth
• 2-3 dashes bitters
Rinse a martini glass with the vermouth. Shake (or stir) the Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, olive juice, and bitters with ice, then strain into the glass. Add olives. Tons of olives.