Dirty Martini Cocktail Recipe

Dirty Martini Cocktail Recipe

A classic cocktail that any bartender worth his or her salt should be able to whip up, this heavyweight drink high on alcoholic content is the drink of choice among sophisticates. A show stopping combination of gin, dry vermouth and olive juice (basically, the brining liquid from olives), its salty, tangy, umami taste has a lingering sweet finish. Adding sparkling water to this concoction gives it a surprising depth of flavour.

Those who love this stiff drink will tell you that it’s possibly the only cocktail in the world with such complexity of flavours. Gin, dry vermouth and the brine from pickling olives make up the trifecta of ingredients to give it that tangy-salty mix with each sip. Impress your friends when you serve this at your next dinner party.

Dirty Martini Cocktail Ingredients

74ml of gin 2.5 ounces

15ml of dry vermouth 0.5 ounce

7.5 to 15ml of olive juice 0.25 to 0.5 ounce

SodaStream sparkling water 500 ml


Garnish Olives

How to make a Dirty Martini Cocktail :

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine ice, gin, dry vermouth and olive juice. Stir for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Strain and decant into chilled martini glass.
  4. Fill your bottle with cold fresh water and insert it into your SodaStream sparkling water maker. Push the button once (light fizz), twice (medium fizz) or thrice (strong fizz) based on your preferred carbonation level.
  5. Add your preferred amount of freshly-fizzed SodaStream sparkling water to martini glass.
  6. Garnish with a single olive, or a toothpick speared with three olives.

Additional Notes:

  • May the odds be ever in your favour
    According to old bar’s tales, serving this drink with an even number of olives is considered bad luck.
  • Shake or stir?
    British secret agent James Bond famously likes his martini shaken, not stirred. But a martini is meant to be stirred. However, bartenders will tell you shaking a martini blends the olive brine better, for a well-balanced melange of flavours.
  • As a general rule of thumb, go with four- to eight-parts gin with one part vermouth.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

How did this drink get its name?
"Dirty" simply refers to the addition of olive juice or brine, which renders the otherwise crystal-clear drink a little murky. The more olive juice you add, the dirtier your drink.
Where can you buy olive juice?
You’d be surprised by the number of options at your fingertips. Click your way to online websites such as desertcart.sg or amazon.com.sg, or hit stores such as Little Farms.
What other flavour profiles can I enjoy?
With so many gourmet stores stocking all manner of stuffed olives, experiment with various options such as blue cheese or pimentos for tart or peppery notes. Alternatively, add a drop or two of olive oil for added hints of olive flavour on your palate.
Is a Dirty Martini wet or dry?
It all depends on the amount of vermouth you add. For a dry option, use less vermouth than the recipe states.
Why is this form of making a drink linked to the term “straight up”?
Any drink prepared with ice then strained into a chilled glass is referred to as done “straight up”. It is similar in meaning to “neat”.

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