How to Make a Dirty Martini With Vodka

The tastiest variation on the cocktail classic, the dirty martini gets its name from its color, which has a bit of a "dirty" appearance thanks to the added brine from the olive juice. Perfect for sipping while enjoying a hearty meal, this delicious addition to the martini family is the most ideal martini for drinking throughout the day, regardless of the time.

The dirty martini cocktail is a savory addition to the martini family.
The dirty martini cocktail is a savory addition to the martini family. (Image: Ditty Martini Cocktail by Raul Zelaya)

Things You'll Need

  • 3 ounces of premium vodka
  • 1/2 ounce olive juice from a jar of cocktail olives
  • Ice
  • 2 to 3 cocktail olives, skewered

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Step 1

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Step 2

Pour the vodka and olive juice over the ice.

Step 3

Shake well until chilled and diluted, and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Step 4

Garnish with a few olives to enhance the brine in the drink.


  • If you want to make it "extra" dirty, simply double the amount of olive juice in the drink, adding a total of 1 ounce before shaking.

    You can use olive juice from a jar of cocktail olives, or purchase a bottle of olive juice in the cocktail section of your grocery store and at specialty stores.

    Another nice touch is a tiny bit of fresh lime juice, which lends a hint of tartness that goes perfectly with the drink.

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