The Dirty Martini: Gin, vermouth, olive juice

The dirty martini is probably my favorite type of martini. Here is the recipe I generally use:
  • 2.25 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 0.5 oz. olive juice
  • three olives, for garnish

I have two general rules about my dirty martinis:

1. They should be stirred, not shaken. James Bond is a wuss, I suppose, because he likes more ice bits and thus more water in his martinis. Me, I want it to be cold and a little watered down without losing its martini-ness.

2. They should use olive juice, not olive brine. Olive juice is bottled stuff you buy separately from olives. It’s cheap, so it’s well worth it. Buy a big bottle and it will last a couple months in the refrigerator. It’s better than olive brine, the stuff olives are marinated in, because it isn’t a bitter.

Follow those two rules and you have a gorgeous cocktail that is infused with saltiness. Just don’t make the mistake of trying to eat a cookie while drinking a dirty martini.


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