Knowing how to make a dirty martini is easy, but knowing how to make one that suits your tastes is going to take some practice.
Martinis are a much-loved alcoholic beverage often enjoyed at social gatherings, or with friends and business associates.
Traditional martinis consist of a mixture of gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or lemon wedge, and served in a traditional glass with a long stem and funnel shaped cup.
A dirty martini is a traditional martini made with a splash of olive brine, which clouds the drink making it appear dirty.
To make a dirty martini, you’ll need four basic ingredients: gin, vermouth, olive brine and olives. You’ll also need a martini glass, a shaker or small spoon, and ice.
Some people prefer to substitute vodka for gin, which creates a delicious vodka martini. If you use vodka instead of gin, the vermouth is no longer necessary.
Whether you use vodka or gin make sure you use a high quality brand. Since you’re not mixing in a lot of flavors, you’ll definitely be able to taste the quality of alcohol (or lack thereof), when you sip your beverage.
The olive brine can come straight from a jar of olives, although it’s also possibly to buy a bottle of premium olive brine specifically meant for making mixed drinks.
Dirty Martini Recipe
- 2 Drops Dry Vermouth
- 2 Ounces Gin
- ½ Ounce of Olive Juice
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake to chill.
- Pour into a Chilled Martini Glass.
Before preparing you’re drink, place an ice cube in the martini glass and chill it in the freezer for a few minutes. If you want an extra frosty glass, you can line it with a touch of water.
Alternatively, you can mist the glass with vermouth. Fill the shaker with ice and then pour two-and-a-half ounces of gin or vodka, and a splash of vermouth into the shaker.
This will make a single cocktail, so you can increase the amount for multiple drinks.
A classic martini is made with about eight parts of gin to one part of vermouth. Add half an ounce of olive brine per drink, then shake a few times, and pour the drink into your chilled glass.
Alternatively, you can stir your drink to mix it, rather than shake it.
A shaken martini will have small bits of ide floating on top, while a stirring can keep the taste clearer and purer. “Shaken not stirred,” has become a popular saying, and shaken is the most common method used in making a martini.
Once your drink is complete, garnish it with an olive on a swizzle stick.
Once you have the basic martini down, you can experiment by increasing or decreasing the amount of gin, olive brine, and vermouth, until you develop your ideal mix of flavors.
You can also try substituting vodka for gin, or gin for vodka, as well as different brands of alcohol, and seeing which taste you prefer.
Another option is to mix a dry, dirty martini. A dry martini is one made with extra vermouth.
Martinis are excellent social drinks, best sipped in moderation.
A martini made with fine quality liquor is the kind of drink that can creep up you. If you’re new to the party, drink slowly, because these drinks often have a far stronger effect than people realize.
You should also avoid drinking martinis if you’re below the legal drinking age, or if you have any kind of health condition adversely affected by drinking.