The Dirty Martini - Classic Gin and Olive Martini

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For all you purists out there who insist a martini is gin and vermouth (or vodka and vermouth for you Vodka Martini drinkers) and not any cocktail in a martini glass (ouch!) here is the classic:


2 Oz. Gin
1/4 Oz. Dry Vermouth
1/4 Oz. Olive Juice

Garnish: Green Olives

Tools: Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Hawthorn Strainer

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

Chill glass in the freezer.
Fill mixing glass with ice cubes.
Add the ingredients and stir until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Extra Dirty: Add another 1/4 - 1/2 ounces of olive brine.

Extra Dry: Use 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth.

For some reason classic martini drinkers will bend enough to admit the Dirty Martini into their exclusive martini club, maybe because the only change is the addition of a little olive brine which actually ends up in a martini whenever you plop in a few olives.

I also have a version called the Dirty Rotten Bastard Martini which also uses some black olive juice in it and black olives as garnish as well as the standard green - and of course the Dirty Bastard Martini which uses only black olive juice and black olives. I also have Pickle Martini versions.

Yeah, spitting olive pits in the eyes of the purists again - I'm a martini rebel.

Updated 11-2017

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