The Classic Dirty Sue
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The Classic Dirty Sue
Cocktail recipe

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The Classic Dirty Sue is a variation of the martini that introduces a briny, savory twist to the traditional cocktail through the inclusion of olive juice. This concoction typically blends ... more The Classic Dirty Sue is a variation of the martini that introduces a briny, savory twist to the traditional cocktail through the inclusion of olive juice. This concoction typically blends the herbal, juniper notes of gin with the slightly sweet, herbal qualities of red vermouth, creating a complex flavor profile. The olive juice adds a salty, umami depth that contrasts with and enhances the gin and vermouth. Served in a cocktail glass, this drink is garnished with olives, which not only contribute to its visual appeal but also reinforce the savory aspect of the cocktail, making it a popular choice for those who enjoy a more full-bodied and flavor-rich martini experience.
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Olive
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33.33% | 3 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a The Classic Dirty Sue

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the gin and olive juice to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well
Pour a whisper of dry vermouth to a chilled martini glass and shake out the excess
Strain the into the glass, and garnish with three olives before serving
~ If you drink vodka, try this recipe with Ketel One. The recipe is named after Dirty Sue brand olive juice. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Dry  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the gin in The Classic Dirty Sue with another spirit?

Yes, you can substitute gin with vodka if you prefer a less botanical flavor. This will give you a variation more akin to a Dirty Martini, maintaining the characteristic olive brine flavor.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for The Classic Dirty Sue?

A classic garnish for The Classic Dirty Sue is a few olives on a cocktail pick. You can also add a twist of lemon peel to introduce a bright, citrus aroma, complementing the savory notes of the olive juice.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve The Classic Dirty Sue?

The Classic Dirty Sue is best served cold in a chilled cocktail glass. Make sure to shake the ingredients with ice then strain into the glass to achieve the optimal temperature and dilution.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of The Classic Dirty Sue compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of approximately 33.33%, The Classic Dirty Sue has a moderately high alcohol content, similar to other classic strong cocktails like the Martini or Manhattan. It's less potent than some high-alcohol, spirit-forward cocktails but stronger than mixed drinks with more non-alcoholic components.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any customization ideas for The Classic Dirty Sue to alter its flavor profile?

You can customize The Classic Dirty Sue by adjusting the amount of olive juice to make it more or less 'dirty', depending on your taste for saltiness. Another idea is to experiment with different types of gin or even use flavored gins (e.g., rosemary or citrus-infused) to add a unique twist to the cocktail.

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