My Girlfriend Olives in Canada

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She couldn’t be sweeter, I wish you could meet her, my girlfriend olives in Canada!
My Girlfriend Olives in Canada - a cocktail and snack inspired by Canada... and Avenue Q!

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My Girlfriend Who Lives In Canada is from the musical Avenue Q. The song is sung by Rod, who is currently in the closet and explaining that he does actually have a girlfriend, and why no-one has met her.

Ohhhh…
I wish you could meet my girlfriend, my girlfriend who lives in Canada.
She couldn’t be sweeter
I wish you could meet her,
My girlfriend who lives in Canada!

This is our third recipe from this musical, so if you love Avenue Q as much as we do, check out Avenue Quinoa and There’s A Fine Fine Bean!

When thinking about what food seemed particularly Canadian, maple syrup jumped to mind. But did that go with olives? But of course! So here’s a Dirty Canadian Martini served with an olive, bacon and maple syrup snack!

To make the olive snacks, cut small strips of bacon and wrap them around each olive (I used pimiento stuffed olives, but you could try plain, garlic or even blue cheese). Place them seam side down on a small baking tray lined with a silicone mat (this quarter size pan is perfect) and cook under the broiler until the bacon is cooked. Drain on paper towels while you mix the cocktail!

Pour maple syrup into a chilled martini glass (the amount depends on how sweet you want your martini!). Add a little brine from the olive jar and some vermouth. Stir well then top up with vodka or gin. Garnish with olives (perhaps NOT the blue cheese ones on this occasion).

To serve the snacks, pour a small puddle of maple syrup onto the serving plate and place the bacon-wrapped olives into the puddle.

She’s my girlfriend!
My wonderful girlfriend!
Yes I have a girlfriend, who lives in Canada!!
(And I’ll let you complete the last line of the song in your head!)

My Girlfriend Olives in Canada - a cocktail and snack inspired by Canada... and Avenue Q!

My Girlfriend Olives in Canada
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Ingredients

    for the olive snacks
  • bacon, cut into small strips of bacon
  • olives (stuffed, plain or blue cheese)
  • maple syrup
  • for the martini
  • maple syrup
  • brine from the olive jar
  • vermouth
  • vodka or gin
  • olives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the olive snacks, wrap the bacon around each olive and place them seam side down on a small baking tray.
  2. Cook under a preheated broiler until the bacon is cooked. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Pour some maple syrup onto a serving plate and place the olives into the syrup. Serve warm.
  4. For the martini, pour some maple syrup into chilled martini glasses (1-2 tsp per martini). Add a little brine from the olive jar and some vermouth. Stir well, then top up with vodka or gin. Garnish with olives.
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