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Dirty Martini Recipe

5 from 6 votes

Posted: 02/24/23

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When you think of a sophisticated cocktail, a martini comes to mind. A dirty martini gives a delightful salty and tangy twist to the traditional martini. Vodka and olive juice pair together perfectly for a straightforward flavor that makes this iconic drink irresistible.

two glasses of dirty martini with green olives

Martinis are very popular in the cocktail world, ranging from classic straightforward Vodka Martini to sweeter variations like the Chocolate Martini or Pear Martini. While a martini isn’t for the faint of heart, when made correctly is a very enjoyable drink and easy to make at home. This vodka dirty martini comes together in just three ingredients: vodka, olive juice, and olives for garnish.

What is a Dirty Martini

While the name “dirty” martini may not sound refreshing or even appetizing, it’s actually a very flavorful twist on the traditional martini. Just as the Cosmopolitan Cocktail or Paloma Cocktail uses fruit juice to add a different flavor, this vodka martini dirty recipe uses olive juice or brine. While most recipes call for a little brine and some Vermouth, we opt to take out the Vermouth and add in more brine. The result is a tangy cocktail that is the perfect potion to kick off happy hour any night of the week.

Best Vodka for a Martini

This martini recipe is a great time to show off premium vodka. Since it is the star of the show in this cocktail, the vodka you choose will either make or break the taste. We recommend using the best vodka you have, or even purchasing a high quality one just for this recipe!

two glasses of dirty martini with green olives

How to Make a Dirty Martini

The best dirty martini recipe could not be any simpler to shake up. Grab just three ingredients and some ice, and follow these easy steps. For the full recipe including the perfect ratio of ingredients, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Pour the vodka into a cocktail shaker of ice.
  • Add olive juice and shake.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with green olives.

What Makes a Martini Dirty

The addition of olive juice is what makes this martini recipe dirty. Make your martini as dirty as you like by adding more olive juice to suit your taste. There are a few options for adding olive juice depending on your price point or convenience:

  • Use the juice from a cheaper can of olives.
  • Use homemade olive brine.
  • Use a large jar of gourmet olives and mix dry vermouth with the juice to make it last longer.
pouring a dirty martini into a martini glass with green olives

How to Serve

Shaking the cocktail with ice and serving it in a chilled martini glass will ensure it’s served up icy cold. To chill your glass, simply place it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (up to two hours) prior to serving your cocktail. Remove from the freezer just before you pour your drink. If you’re short on time or freezer space, simply fill the glass with ice while you make the cocktail, and dump the ice right before pouring the drink.

How many olives you add is up to you. I’ve heard that the correct number of olives is as many as you can convince the bartender to give you. So, since you’re making this at home, the sky’s the limit!

Other Martini Recipes

making a dirty martini in a glass with green olives

If you try this martini recipe or any of our other cocktail recipes, leave a comment and let us know what you think!

two glasses of dirty martini with green olives
5 from 6 votes

Dirty Martini Recipe

Serves: 1 martini
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
In this dirty martini, vodka and olive juice pair together perfectly for a straightforward flavor that makes this iconic drink irresistible.


  • 3 ounces quality vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounce olive juice
  • olives for garnish


  • Combine vodka and olive juice in a martini shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with olives.
Course: Drinks
two glasses of dirty martini with green olives

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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  1. Kathy I Latty says

    5 stars
    Dirty Martinis are my favorite.

  2. Donna Pearce says

    I love this Drink! Simply perfect

  3. Dawna says

    5 stars
    I enjoyed these my entire cruise… love it!

  4. Deborah says

    I just began enjoying Dirty Martini’s. I remember having a Martini my brother made me when I was about 21yo. It knocked me for a loop.(🤪) I haven’t had one since then but now I’m 71 yo and my taste must have “matured” along with my age! Now…..I truly enjoy the dirty martini. I also add 2-3 drops of hot sauce for an extra level of flavor. Maybe next time you have one try it with the Tabasco Sauce…the heat in the back of your throat is a great touch! Enjoy!

    • Nathan Longley says

      That is something I will have to try! Thanks!

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