The Dirty Martini is a simple variation on the traditional dry martini – it just adds a little bit of olive brine, which clouds the cocktail (hence the name “dirty martini”). If you like a martini with an olive garnish, you’ll probably love this drink. The olive brine adds a wonderful salty flavor that stands our from the gin and vermouth. The Dirty Martini is great for parties or for sipping along in the evenings.
In fact, if you’re undecided about traditional dry martinis, or you’re trying to acquire the taste for them, this drink is a good place to start. You might even prefer it.
- 2 ounces of gin
- 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
- 1 tablespoon olive brine
- Three olives
Gently stir everything but the olives in a shaker full of ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with the olives and serve.