It all began with the Dry Martini. Back in the 1920s, the drink was served with a two-to-one ratio of dry gin and dry vermouth. Over the years, the amount of vermouth in the recipe has steadily decreased, and several famous aficionados are credited with saying that the best martini is a glass of gin that’s poured while looking at a bottle of vermouth.
Regardless of how much (or how little) vermouth you add, there are basically two types of Martini drinkers: those who like olives, and those who prefer a lemon garnish. The Dirty Martini is strictly for the olive-loving variety. It’s simply a classic Dry Martini with the addition of a splash of olive brine or juice.
Ignore James Bond’s infamous advice and stir your Martini. Shaking will dilute the flavour and make the cocktail watery. Also, remember that you’re making a Dirty Martini, not an absolutely polluted one. Add just a small amount of brine from the olive jar, enough to give the drink its characteristic salty taste without overpowering the gin.
You can also make a Dirty Vodka Martini exactly the same way, by substituting vodka for the gin. Either way, make sure you garnish with an odd number of olives. An even number is said to be bad luck.
Here’s the recipe for making a Dirty Martini cocktail:
- 75ml Gin
- 15ml Dry Vermouth (or less, to taste)
- Splash of olive brine
- Garnish with a skewer of green olives
- Fill a mixing glass with ice
- Add all ingredients and stir
- Strain into a chilled Martini glass
- Garnish with a cocktail skewer of olives
- Mixing glass
- Chilled Martini glass