There's nothing inappropriate about the dirty martini, despite its suggestive name—it's just the extra olive flavor that spices up this twist on an old standard.
You will need
- 3 oz. gin (or vodka)
- 2 tsp. dry white vermouth
- 1 tsp. olive brine
- 1 to 3 olives
- A martini glass
- A mixing glass or cocktail shaker
- A long spoon
- A toothpick
Step 1 Chill glass Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water, and set it aside.
Step 2 Fill with ice Fill the mixing glass with ice.
Step 3 Add gin, vermouth, & olive brine Add the gin, vermouth, and olive brine.
Bottled olive juice is sold in varying potencies so you can concoct a drink that’s as light or dirty as you prefer.
Step 4 Stir with spoon Stir with the spoon for about 15 seconds.
Step 5 Empty glass Empty the now-chilled martini glass.
Step 6 Strain drink Strain the drink into the martini glass.
Step 7 Spear olives Spear 1 to 3 olives with the toothpick.
For an exotic touch, use premium olives stuffed with blue cheese, garlic, or jalapenos.
Step 8 Garnish and serve Garnish and serve.
Because early olive cultivation took decades, anyone taking up olive farming was expecting a long life.