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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: For an exotic touch, use premium olives stuffed with blue cheese, garlic, or jalapenos.
  • Step 8: Garnish and serve Garnish and serve.
  • FACT: Because early olive cultivation took decades, anyone taking up olive farming was expecting a long life.

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

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