What’s a girl to do when she’s on the verge of the weekend and she’s feeling a little dirty or wants to get her guy feeling a little dirty? The obvious answer is to shower and get that dirty feeling off your body, but that’s not the kind of dirty I’m talking about…get it?
It’s no secret I like a good martini: gin, vodka, fruity and wussy or knock me on my ass strong. If it’s served in a martini glass, odds are that I’ll try it and probably like it, a lot! This one is a bit of an exception. The dirty martini is a vodka martini with a splash of olive juice and is usually served with extra olives (since the drinker of this vodka cocktail has an obvious love of olives). But then there’s the extra dirty martini recipe which consists of more than a splash of olive juice (or brine if you prefer). This is Craig’s go-to drink. I can always tell what kind of day he’s had at work based on his drink choice: dirty martini, extra dirty martini or a manhattan. Let’s just say if he’s making up an extra dirty martini I know it’s time for me to get extra dirty.
The dirty martini recipe is a very simple one, but it’s surprising how often bars and restaurants don’t get it quite right. Most of the time it’s not been good, we’ve found that there is a soapy taste to the drink (usually caused by the glasses not being properly rinsed or the the olive holder hasn’t been properly cleaned). Because the drink is so simple, you can taste everything that’s in it, so it’s very easy to taste these off flavors.
Since this is a drink that showcases olives, this is the perfect time to break out those blue cheese stuffed, almond stuffed or any other type of specialty olive you or your significant other may like. Craig likes it straight forward: 4 Queen Sevillano Olives and the brine from the same jar.
To give you an idea how much he loves Olives….One year I went to a bar supply store and bought him a gallon jar of olives for Christmas. I wrapped it up, along with his other gifts. While everything else went into a pile, those olives were proudly displayed for all to see when they came to the house. Storing a gallon of olives became an entirely different issue. Needless to say, there were numerous dirty martini’s and extra dirty martini’s made that holiday season and everyone in this house was in an especially good mood.
Recipe: Extra Dirty Martini
- Splash of Lillet
- 2 Ounces Vodka
- 3/4 – 1 Ounce Olive Brine (olive juice)
- 4 Olives
- Add the splash of Lillet to martini glass.
- Swirl the Lillet around the glass then pour it out.
- Add the vodka, olive brine and ice to a shaker.
- Cover and shake until your hand is so cold you swear it’s going to fall off.
- Strain drink into martini glass.
- Spear olives and drop into side of drink.
Instead of Lillet, you could also use dry vermouth. You can also use as much or little Lillet/vermouth as you prefer.
Preparation time:5 Minutes
Cooking time:0 Minutes
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)