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Dirty Martini

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  • 2 1/2 ounces East Side Gin or Heart of Gold Vodka

  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce olive brine

  • 2 to 4 olives (for garnish) We prefer castlevitrano olives.


  • cocktail shaker
  • Hawthorn strainer
  • mesh strainer
  • chilled martini glass
  • skewer for garnish


  1. Add the gin or vodka, vermouth and olive brine to a shaker filled with ice.

  2. Shake for 15–20 seconds until well chilled.

  3. Double strain, with a hawthorn strainer through fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a skewer of olives.


You can choose whichever spirit you prefer, as both do an admirable job, but if you're looking for a more olive-forward option, Heart of Gold Vodka is the ideal choice.

One of the most popular savory cocktails ever created, the Dirty Martini features gin or vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine.

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