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Jill’s Dirty Martini

It’s been a long week, right?  Treat yourself.  Time to get dirty.

The Stuff You Need:

2 ounces Gin*

1/2 ounce Dry (white) Vermouth

2 tablespoons Olive juice*


extra olives for garnish

Here's How It's Done:

  1.  Combine gin, vermouth, olive juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2.  Screw the lid on tight and shake, shake, shake.
  3. If you like your martinis up, meaning chilled but no ice, pull the smaller cap off the top of your cocktail shaker and strain your martini into a pre-chilled glass.
  4. If you prefer your martinis extra cold, like me, unscrew the top of your shaker and carefully pour the cocktail and ice into your glass.
  5. Garnish with 3 olives on a pick.


*I’m a huge fan of Barr Hill Gin, made right here in Vermont.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should.

This cocktail can be made with vodka, as well as gin.

**Olive juice, or brine – When we’ve enjoyed all the olives in the jar, we keep the juice for future cocktails.  We’ve even gone so far as to add a few sprigs of fresh Tarragon to our olive brine, which is fantastic in dirty martinis, as well as the acid component to salad dressings.  Check out Tarragon & Basil Vinaigrette to see what I mean.

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