Dirty Martini Recipe

Gin, Dry Vermouth, Olive Brine, Olive
Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is a classic Martini variation that's extremely simple: all you need to do is add a barspoon or two of olive brine from the jar for a salty, savory kick. It's one of the few cocktails that's truly salty (although the extent of that saltiness depends entirely on your taste), so it's a favorite among folks who aren't into sweet, citrusy drinks.

Traditionally, a Dirty Martini is made with a classic London dry gin, as lighter modern gins don't hold up as well to the briny flavors. That said, you're free to experiment—it's your drink, after all! Let us know in the comments if you come across a particularly delicious combination.

Dirty Martini Ingredients

2 oz gin
0.25 oz dry vermouth
1-2 barspoons olive brine
1-2 olives for garnish

How to make a Dirty Martini

  1. Add all ingredients except the garnish to a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled, then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an olive or two on a toothpick or cocktail pick.
Dirty Martini