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Dirty Martini Recipe

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Posted: 06/28/21

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When you think of a sophisticated cocktail, I bet a martini comes to mind. A dirty martini gives a salty and tangy twist on 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

Martini’s are very popular in the cocktail world, but they aren’t all created equal. While a martini isn’t for the faint of heart, if made correctly is a very enjoyable drink and easy to make at home. This vodka martini dirty 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 Pornstar Martini uses fruit juice to add a different flavor, this Dirty Martini Recipe uses olive juice or brine. The result is a tangy cocktail that is the perfect potion to kick off happy hour any night of the week. 

two glasses of dirty martini with green olives

How to Make a Dirty Martini

For one martini, begin with three ounces quality vodka, we use Tito’s. Add about an ounce or so of olive juice. There are a few options for this. You can use a cheaper can of olives for the juice; use homemade olive brine; or you can get a large jar of gourmet olives and mix dry vermouth with the juice to make it last longer. Combine liquids in a martini shaker with ice. Shake, don’t stir. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with green olives.

What Makes a Martini Dirty

When it comes to adding olive juice, there are a few options for this. You can use a cheaper can of olives for the juice; use homemade olive brine; or you can get 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 will ensure it’s served up icy cold. How many olives you want 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’s

making a dirty martini in a glass with green olives
two glasses of dirty martini with green olives
5 from 2 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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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

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