How To Make a Dirty Martini

A dirty martini is a delicious treat. You will love the color and the flavor. Martinis are simple and elegant. Since they are so simple and made with the most basic ingredients, this recipe will make you appear to be a well-seasoned bartender.

The dirty martini uses olive brine in the place of, or as an additional ingredient to vermouth. A Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth. The ratio is four parts gin to one part vermouth. It is one of the most well known mixed drinks made containing alcohol. Connoisseurs believe that a cocktail's fruit garnish tastes better, when some of the juice of the fruit is added. The dirty martini is often served with three olives, instead of one or two. This emphasizes the fact that olive brine has been added.

Don't forget to pick up some martini glasses. The glass is as important as the drink. Here's how to make a dirty martini.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 tbsp. vermouth (French or Italian)
  • 2 tbsp. olive juice or brine
  • 3 olives (stuffed or plain)
  • Fancy toothpicks


  1. Take an ice cube and a small amount of water and place in a martini glass. Put the glass in the freezer for 2 - 3 minutes.
  2. Using a martini shaker, add the gin, vermouth, and olive brine. Cover and shake hard 3 - 4 times.
  3. Pour the ice cube and water out of the cocktail glass after you take it out of the freezer.
  4. Place a strainer over the martini shaker and pour the gin, vermouth and olive brine mixture into the cocktail glass.
  5. Slide three olives onto the toothpick.
  6. Gently add the toothpick with olives into the glass.
  7. Smile and wink when you serve. It makes people wonder what you are up to.
  8. Use music or lighting to set the mood.

If you desire to make the dirty martini dryer, reduce the amount of vermouth. There are two types of vermouth. The French type is dry and white in color: and the Italian is sweet and red. So for a sweeter dirty martini, use Italian vermouth. To make a dirty martini into a dusty martini add only a fraction of the usual olive brine.

Feel free to use olives stuffed with crumbled blue cheese, instead of olives straight out of the jar. Substitute jalapeno stuffed olives when mixing this drink for a spicy alternative.


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