Like a simple black dress with a string of pearls, sometimes a simple cocktail with a creepy twist is just what an October Friday evening calls for. Invite a few friends to wind down after a hectic week and let them know you have had your eye on them.
Serve this with a variety of cheese and crackers. The olives are in the glass!
14 medium radishes
7 pimiento-stuffed olives, halved crosswise
16 ounces gin or vodka
1 ounce vermouth
Trim stem and root ends of radish. Use a paring knife to scrape red skin from radish, leaving just enough to give a veiny appearance.
With a small melon baller, cut a hole in radish, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Fit an olive half, cut-side facing out, into hole.
Place radish in ice-cube tray. Repeat with remaining radishes. Fill tray with water; freeze.
Mix vodka or gin with vermouth; stir with ice.
Divide eyeball ice cubes among four glasses. Strain martini; pour into glasses, and serve.