Cocktailing 101: The Dirty Martini

Posted by: on Mar 19, 2011 | One Comment

Right off the bat, I should probably say that there are many, many different approaches to this drink. These happen to be my favorite proportions, but they are by no means martini gospel. Part of the fun of martini-making is concocting your own signature combination. This dirty martini is a little, well, dirty. I prefer gin to vodka since it’s so clearly superior, but go for whatever tickles your taste buds.

The Dirty Martini

  • 2 ounces gin
  • .3 ounces dry vermouth
  • .3 ounces olive juice
  • 2 olives
  • Lots of ice

Combine all ingredients (except olives) in a shaker and shake until your fingers start to stick. Strain into a glass and garnish with olives. If you’re using gin, spring for the good stuff (Tanqueray, Hendrick’s, Bombay Sapphire), and leave the well brands for mixed drinks.