Dirty Martini

Dirty MartiniThe 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.

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.

The Dirty Martini is great for parties or for sipping along in the evenings. It’s also wonderful with meals – particularly hearty ones with bold but mellow flavor: steak or any other kind of meat, or a hearty vegetarian bean chili. Not every seasoning or spice blends well with the flavor of this drink, so keep your food accompaniment simple.

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