The dirty martini is one of my very favorite cocktails. There is something about it’s simplicity that I love. I prefer vodka over gin for a martini, as long as it is decent vodka.
In my mind you can’t have too many olives, but that is just me. All you need to make a dirty martini is some vodka or gin, olives in brine, and for some recipes dry vermouth. There are some recipes that don’t even call for vermouth, and I prefer a little but not a lot of vermouth in my martini.
A martini is best served ice cold in a chilled martini glass if you can manage it. I just put my glasses into my freezer a few hours before serving if I think of it.
Vodka, vermouth and olive juice
- 2 1/2 oz vodka or gin
- 1/4 oz dry vermouth adjust to taste
- 1/2-1 oz olive brine adjust to taste
- 2-4 olives
- Add vodka, vermouth and brine to a cocktail shaker. Add some ice. Mix or shake (I prefer shaken), and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with olives.