Dirty Martini

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The Dirty Martini is a simple variation on the traditional Gin 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, savory flavor that blends in smoothly with the citrus and herb notes from the gin and vermouth.

Dirty Martini drink with olives

I always imagine this one was created by someone who loved an olive-garnished martini and figured more would be better. 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.

Overhead view of Dirty Martini drink with olives

The Dirty Martini is great for parties or for sipping along in the evenings.


  • 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.

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Last Updated:

October 11, 2023