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.
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.
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.
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!
Dirty Martini Recipe
- 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.