The dirty martini is perhaps one of the most cocktails of all time. This classic cocktail is comprised of gin, vermouth, olive juice, and garnished with olives.

Dirty Martini with olives

Here are three ways of making a dirty martini – the classic version made with olive juice, a variation made with muddled olives in place of juice, and the “dirtier” version using both olive and onion juice.

For those who do not like gin, a popular spirit substitute is vodka. This is considered by many to be a more modern take on the martini. While the gin gives a more botanical and floral flavor, vodka will provide a smoother taste.

One of the great things about martinis are how much you can customize them. Check out some of our other martini recipes below!

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Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The dirty martini is perhaps one of the most cocktails of all time. This classic cocktail is comprised of gin, vermouth, olive juice, and garnished with olives.

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 ounces gin (or vodka)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce olive juice
  • Large pimento-stuffed olives

Instructions

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the gin, vermouth and olive juice. Stir, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with olives.

Notes

Muddled Variation:

Muddle 2 olives in the bottom of a mixing glass. Fill with ice, add the vermouth and gin (omit the olive juice), stir and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.

"Dirtier" Variation:

Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the gin, vermouth and, in addition to the olive juice, add 1/2 ounce cocktail onion juice. Stir, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a combination of olives and cocktail onions.