Shaken, Not Stirred

Before meeting my wife, I think I had maybe tried a Dirty Martini once, and frankly, it was horrible.  I can still remember that first sip, the burn, and my promise to never do that again. However, love is a funny thing and if you are desperate to impress your wife to be, you’ll try just about anything. Even if it’s means perfecting a cocktail that you’d sworn off.

Since I wasn’t a fan of the drink I really had no clue how to make it. but when you’re asked to make a Dirty Martini by the love of your life, you figure it out.  So I Google, I prayed, and I mixed (I mean SHAKEN, not stirred).

Just as simple pleasures are best, it can also be said that a great cocktail is simple.  The less complex the recipe the more robust the flavors.  This couldn’t be more true than with a good ole Martini.  Buy high quality ingredients and be precise with how and what you mix.


4oz Vodka or Gin, I like to use Grey Goose Vodka or Hendricks Gin

2oz Dry Vermouth, Ponti works great

1.75oz Olive Juice, From your favorite cocktail olive

3-4 Green Olives, Garnish as you see fit

Add the above to a cocktail shaker add ice and shake.  You don’t want over do the shaking but should shake until you feel the shaker reached a nice chill. Once properly chilled, strain into a chilled martini glass, garish with an olive (or 4) and enjoy.

I can happily say that I am now a fan of martini in all its various forms, but the dirty martini will always hold a special place in my heart.

About Bryan

Hi! I’m Bryan, a simple guy that followed his wife from Los Angeles to Nashville and am currently living as a stay-at-home-husband. This site is about what I do to pass my time, keep the wife happy, and stay out of trouble. Some times it’s crafting, other times it’s cleaning, but mostly it’s cooking. I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I am. Bryan Stay-at-Home-Husband

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