Dirty Martini Drink Recipe

The classic Dry Martini congers memories of elegant people in black and white moves. You can add some of that ambiance to your next party with this Dirty Martini drink recipe.

Dirty Martini Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • olive brine to taste
  • olive for garnish

Dirty Martini Directions

  1. Pour gin and dry vermouth into a mixing glass or drink shaker.
  2. slowly add the olive brine
  3. stir
  4. strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with the olive

Non Sequitur

A Martini is a cocktail containing unequal portions of gin and dry vermouth (in a ratio of somewhere between 2:1 and 15:1, inclusive) served chilled, in a conical stemmed glass, garnished with either a green olive or a lemon twist.

A Dirty Martini is an otherwise traditional, olive-garnished Martini that includes a certain amount of olive brine. Here, “a certain amount” equals “not too much”. As Gary Regan says, “This is probably one of the worst drinks when made incorrectly, but when properly prepared, with not too much olive brine added, it can be a sterling potion” (248). Try it first with a very moderate amount of brine (six drops, say), and gradually increase the amount. As with vermouth, above (2.7), it is likely that the first few increases will seem to add to the drink, giving its flavor greater dimension and presence. Then, after a certain point, more brine will take away more than it adds: it will undermine the signature “bright” taste of a good Martini. Find that point, and stay short of it.

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