How to Make a Dirty Martini
A classic dirty martini is made with gin, dry vermouth, and olive brine. It has a slightly salty flavor and cloudy appearance, hence the word “dirty” in the name.
For those who don’t like gin, the substitute of choice is vodka. This is considered by many to be a more modern take on the martini. While the gin lends the drink a floral flavor, vodka produces a smoother taste.
There are several ways to prepare a dirty martini:
- The classic version combines the gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and olive brine in a cocktail shaker with ice, straining the mix into a chilled martini glass and garnishing the finished cocktail with one or more olives on picks.
- A second variation omits the olive brine and is instead made by muddling olives in the bottom of a mixing glass, then adding the spirits, shaking with ice, and straining into a chilled glass to serve with olives for garnish.
- A “dirtier” martini uses olive brine and the pickling liquid from cocktail onions. As expected, both olives and onions are used as a garnish.
- 3-1/2 ounces gin, or vodka
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce olive brine
- Large pimento-stuffed olives
- Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the gin, vermouth, and olive brine. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.