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.
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.