Dirty Vodka Martini
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Dirty Vodka Martini
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Rating

3.72 / 5
There are many ways to make a Dirty Vodka Martini, but this is my favourite. A little dry, a little briny, and absolutely delicious. There are many ways to make a Dirty Vodka Martini, but this is my favourite. A little dry, a little briny, and absolutely delicious.
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Olive
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30.86% | 3.24 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Dirty Vodka Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice
Stir gently and pour into a martini glass
Add a couple of olives to garnish and serve
~ Alternatively this drink can be shaken. ~

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

·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Dirty Vodka Martini stirred and not shaken?

The Dirty Vodka Martini is stirred instead of shaken to maintain its clarity and smooth texture. Shaking can introduce air bubbles and cause the ingredients to become too diluted with the ice, altering the intended flavor profile and appearance of the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the olive juice in a Dirty Vodka Martini with something else for a different flavor?

Yes, you can substitute the olive juice with pickle brine for a pickle martini or with a small quantity of onion brine for a Gibson martini variation. Each alternative provides a unique taste while keeping the spirit of the original cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some popular garnishes for a Dirty Vodka Martini?

A classic garnish for a Dirty Vodka Martini is one or three olives on a cocktail pick. For a twist, you can also garnish with a lemon twist or a few cocktail onions. The choice of garnish can subtly influence the final taste and presentation of the drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best temperature to serve a Dirty Vodka Martini?

The best temperature to serve a Dirty Vodka Martini is ice cold. This can be achieved by stirring the ingredients well with ice until chilled and then straining the mixture into a pre-chilled cocktail glass, ensuring the drink maintains its signature cold and crisp character.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Dirty Vodka Martini compare to other classic cocktails?

The Dirty Vodka Martini has an alcohol content of approximately 30.86%, making it stronger than many other classic cocktails like the Mojito or Margarita, which have lower alcohol volumes. Its high alcohol content is due to the predominant use of vodka and the minimal dilution from stirring, not shaking.

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