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
How to make a Dirty Martini Cocktail :
- Chill a martini glass.
- In a mixing glass, combine ice, gin, dry vermouth and olive juice. Stir for at least 30 seconds.
- Strain and decant into chilled martini glass.
- 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.
- Add your preferred amount of freshly-fizzed SodaStream sparkling water to martini glass.
- Garnish with a single olive, or a toothpick speared with three olives.
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.