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Dirty Martini Recipe

4.98 from 46 votes

posted: 04/22/22

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This Dirty Martini, cold, delicious and refreshing, is going to be your new favorite cocktail. Our recipe has the perfect ratio of ingredients. The dirtier the better!

straight on view of a frosted martini glass with a dirty martini in it, garnished with three olives

This Dirty Martini recipe is one of my very favorite cocktails. A fun little fact, a restaurant once tweeted at us that they used this recipe. They loved it so much that it became a regular feature on their menu.

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I used Kettle One and Mezzetta Spanish Queens! Perfection!! Though I must admit, I enhanced, ever so slightly! I used two ounces of olive brine and threw Four olives in! Although your right, it MUST be ICE COLD!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!

What is a Dirty Martini?

A dirty martini is a regular martini that is made “dirty” with the addition of olive brine. While most dirty martini recipes call for a little brine and some Vermouth, we opt to take out the Vermouth and add in more brine. The result is a very cold and flavorful cocktail that olive lovers will fall head over heels for.

dirty martini recipe being poured through a strainer into a martini glasss with another martini in the background and a gold cocktail shaker

How to Make a Dirty Martini

Start with quality vodka.  Since the majority of this cocktail is vodka, you want to buy a high quality brand that its going to go down smooth. Not sure what you like? Visit a distillery for taste testing! You will find an amazing bottle.

Add olive brine. This recipe calls for almost double the brine most other recipes call for. You all know how I love the taste of things that are pickled (looking at you Pickled Red Onions!). If that’s not your jam, cut the amount in half. See our pro tip below.

Combine the ingredients in a metal shaker with ice.  Using a metal shaker will ensure that your ingredients get ice cold, and that is a key in this recipe.

Strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with jumbo green olives. 

Pro Tip for Olive Brine

To cut cost on this cocktail, buy a jar of green olive pieces and use that brine. It will have the same taste but be cheaper.

overhead view of two martini glasses filled with vodka martini dirty with three olives in each glass

What About the Vermouth

As mentioned above, I didn’t include vermouth in this recipe. In taste testing and developing this recipe, I discovered that I like this recipe so much more without the Vermouth. Give it a try, I think you’ll agree!

There is a note in the recipe about vermouth. If you do like it, add between a splash to and 1/4 of an ounce.

Type of Olives

You only want to use green olives and green olive brine for your dirty martini recipe. I have had restaurants experiment with kalamata brine and black olive brine, and that is something we do not recommend.

a martini glass full of vodka martini dirty, jar of olives in the background, and strainer next to it

Other Classic Cocktails

If having this dirty martini recipe makes you want to have all the classic cocktails, then you have come to the right place!

If you make this vodka dirty martini or any of my other cocktails, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

straight on view of a frosted martini glass with a dirty martini in it, garnished with three olives
4.98 from 46 votes

Dirty Martini Recipe

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
This Dirty Martini, cold, delicious and refreshing, is going to be your new favorite cocktail. With the right ingredients, it couldn't be more simple to make. The dirtier the better!


  • 3 ounces quality vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces olive juice (sse note)
  • olives for garnish


  • Combine vodka and olive juice in a martini shaker. Stir with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.


This is just about the dirtiest martini you are going to find. If you aren’t sure about the olive juice, start with half the amount listed. If it isn’t dirty enough for you, add more. I LOVE it just as written.
Vermouth:  You will notice that this recipe does not call for vermouth. If you want to try it with vermouth, add anywhere from a splash to 1/4 ounce for a single martini.
Serving: 1martini Calories: 228kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 1g Fat: 4g (6%) Sodium: 547mg (24%) Potassium: 1mg Fiber: 1g (4%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
straight on view of a frosted martini glass with a dirty martini in it, garnished with three olives

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  1. Jill says

    Hi! Do you recommend dirty Sue olive brine?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I can’t say I’ve had it. I will say that all of the olive brines I have purchased that are made for cocktails was too bland for me. I highly recommend the brine from a jar of green olives.

  2. Liv says

    I add tabasco and extra brine and the driest of vermouth… and I always make it a double. Shake with ice and line the maetini glass rim with chili salt … extra skewered blue cheese and garlic stuffed olives! It’s my extra hot and dirty and they are always a hit

  3. Suse says

    5 stars
    This was awesome! Loved it with just olive juice. If I ever order one from a bar I will specify this. I used Luksusowa vodka, and even added a bit more olive juice than called for. I just used the olive juice from my jar of green pimento stuffed olives. I am a savory food lover, green olive lover, and definitely do not like sweet drinks. This hit the spot.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  4. Adele says

    Just made it, added the splash of vermouth, a dash of bitters..I’m in love!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  5. Marcella says

    5 stars
    My favorite, no carb, drink! Personally, I like a splash of vermouth in my dirty martini. No more than that. But I’ll try it without… let ya know!

  6. EB says

    5 stars
    This is how I make my dirty martinis- no vermouth just vodka and olive brine! My favorite vodka to use for martinis s Beluga Noble Vodka- it makes an amazing martini especially along with raw oysters or other seafood…a perfect compliment to them! Haku Japanese vodka also makes an interesting clean, crisp martini. It is made from rice. There is a greek vodka made from olives that is supposed to be fantastic for martinis but I haven’t been able to find it near me yet. And my most favorite olives- the olives stuffed with baby gherkins. THE best for martinis!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ll have to try those!!

  7. Britney Jones says

    5 stars
    A-freaking-mazing! I felt like I was in a James Bond movie when I was making this! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Dee says

    Be SURE the Quality of the Olives is Great Too. If the juice from the Olives are bad the drink will be too. Trust me.

  9. marilyn fitzgerald says

    5 stars
    I only had pickled okra (thanks to my friend the “Happy Pickler”) on hand so I used that brine and tossed in a small pickled okra and a lemon twist. Delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That sounds amazing!

  10. xander says

    5 stars
    Exactly the way I enjoy my Martini. I have been experimenting with different brands of olive juice and so far have found them all to be pungent, way too salty and overall adding an undesirable flavor to the Martini. As far as olives are concerned have tried garlic stuffed and will never use again, the garlic overpowered the drink. Enjoy pimento stuffed, and have tried olives with vermouth brine (decent, but not better than pimento). Next up are anchovy stuffed, and blue cheese stuffed olives. Hoping to find that magical balance of that “dirty” flavor competing with the sharp vodka bite.

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