How to Make a Dirty Martini

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.


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You Will Need

  • 3 oz. gin (or vodka)
  • 2 tsp. dry white vermouth
  • 1 tsp. olive brine
  • 1 to 3 olives
  • Ice
  • A martini glass
  • A mixing glass or cocktail shaker
  • A long spoon
  • A toothpick


  1. Step 1

    Chill glass

    Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water, and set it aside.

  2. Step 2

    Fill with ice

    Fill the mixing glass with ice.

  3. Step 3

    Add gin, vermouth, & olive brine

    Add the gin, vermouth, and olive brine.

  4. Bottled olive juice is sold in varying potencies so you can concoct a drink that's as light or dirty as you prefer.

  5. Step 4

    Stir with spoon

    Stir with the spoon for about 15 seconds.

  6. Step 5

    Empty glass

    Empty the now-chilled martini glass.

  7. Step 6

    Strain drink

    Strain the drink into the martini glass.

  8. Step 7

    Spear olives

    Spear 1 to 3 olives with the toothpick.

  9. For an exotic touch, use premium olives stuffed with blue cheese, garlic, or jalapenos.

  10. Step 8

    Garnish and serve

    Garnish and serve.

  11. Because early olive cultivation took decades, anyone taking up olive farming was expecting a long life.