This dirty martini has a pleasant saltiness due to the olive juice, which is where the cocktail inherits its name. The brine gives the drink a scummy color. This dirty martini is best served with olive inside it and a nice martini glass.
If you prefer to add more olive juice, like I do, add as much as you would like! I love that saltiness taste that olives have. You may need to try making this a couple of times until you can find the right balance for you, whether that be less vodka, more vermouth, or more olive juice. You must use high end liquor for this (or gin if you prefer).
I loved drinking these with my cousin at Indochine in NYC. We would go to dinner there and after head for a night out at ACME in the Noho area. I would always order a martini at indochine, although an upscale Vietnamese restaurant, surprisingly made delicious martinis.
Instructions to make Dirty Martini:
- Pour the vodka, vermouth, and olive juice in a mixing glass or shaker. Fill with ice.
- Stir well or shake (if you are James Bond).
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or drink on the rocks.
- Garnish with 1 to 3 olives.