Dirty Martini
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Dirty Martini
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.88 / 5
The Dirty Martini is a classic cocktail that is known for its bold and briny flavor. Made with simple yet powerful ingredients, it has become a staple in bars and ... more The Dirty Martini is a classic cocktail that is known for its bold and briny flavor. Made with simple yet powerful ingredients, it has become a staple in bars and lounges all over the world. The combination of vodka, a clear and smooth spirit, with a splash of olive juice and white vermouth, creates a unique and complex flavor profile. The olive juice adds a hint of saltiness and the vermouth adds a touch of sweetness, balancing out the strong vodka base. Together, these ingredients create a flavor that is both savory and refreshing. This cocktail has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s, and has remained a popular choice for those looking for a strong and flavorful drink.
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(1922)
Base ingredient
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Vodka
Garnish
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Olive
Alcohol content
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33.26% | 2.53 units *
Details
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Easy
Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Dirty Martini is a daring blend of vodka, vermouth, and a tantalizing hint of olive juice, creating a balance that beautifully straddles the line between briny and subtly sweet. The olive juice introduces a savory depth that complements the crisp, understated smoothness of vodka, making this cocktail a timeless choice for those who appreciate a robust, yet refined flavor profile.

Method
How to make a Dirty Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass
Add olives on a cocktail stick as a garnish and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What makes a martini 'dirty'?

A martini becomes 'dirty' when olive juice or brine is added to it. The olive juice slightly clouds the drink, giving its appearance a 'dirty' look, and adds a savory flavor that complements the crispness of the vodka and vermouth.

FAQ

Can I make a Dirty Martini with gin instead of vodka?

Yes, absolutely. While the Dirty Martini recipe provided uses vodka, using gin is a classic and popular alternative. Gin adds a botanical flavor that pairs well with the salty olive juice, offering a different taste profile than vodka.

FAQ

What is the best type of olive to use for a Dirty Martini?

The best type of olive for a Dirty Martini is generally considered to be green olives, particularly those that are pitted and stuffed with pimentos. However, the choice of olive can be based on personal preference, with options ranging from traditional to gourmet varieties like blue cheese or garlic-stuffed olives.

FAQ

How important is the quality of olive juice in a Dirty Martini?

The quality of olive juice is very important in a Dirty Martini, as it directly influences the flavor and overall quality of the cocktail. Higher quality olive juices tend to have a more balanced saline and acidic profile, enhancing the cocktail's taste without overpowering the spirits.

FAQ

Is there a difference in taste if the Dirty Martini is shaken vs stirred?

Yes, there is a noticeable difference between a shaken and stirred Dirty Martini. Shaking the cocktail with ice tends to dilute it slightly more and can introduce tiny air bubbles, making the drink a bit cooler and giving it a slightly frothy texture. Stirring, on the other hand, keeps the drink clearer and possibly a bit stronger in flavor, as there is less dilution from the ice. The provided recipe suggests shaking, which can enhance the 'dirty' aspect by more thoroughly mixing the olive juice with the spirits.

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