The Classic Martini + The Dirty Martini

I keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand.

I like to keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand. Learn how at SavorySimple.net

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I like to keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand. Learn how at SavorySimple.net

I’m boring when it comes to alcoholic beverages. After battling with severe migraines for years and realizing that alcohol is a trigger, I am overly cautious.

I almost always stick with white wine or a few specific cocktails (gin & tonics or classic margaritas are safe standards). However, it’s obviously not all about me, especially when I host a get together.

I keep ingredients on hand for several other cocktails when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a classic or dirty martini for guests.

I like to keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand. Learn how at SavorySimple.net
I like to keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand. Learn how at SavorySimple.net

I like to keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and I can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand. Learn how at SavorySimple.net

How to Make a Martini

This is an incredibly easy drink to prepare, even for beginners. While I tend to prefer something with a bit more acidity, I can definitely understand the appeal of such a classic cocktail.

I love olives and their salty brine, so the dirty martini is my top pick out of these two preparations. If you’re hosting a get together, the martini is a timeless, simple option to offer your guests.

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The Classic Martini + The Dirty Martini

I keep ingredients for a few cocktails on hand when we have parties, and can always quickly whip up a Classic or Dirty Martini for guests on demand.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 186
Author Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

for the classic martini

  • 2 1/2 ounces London dry gin or vodka
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

for the dry martini

  • 2 1/2 ounces London dry gin or vodka
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce olive juice (use the brine from a jar of green olives)

Instructions

To prepare the classic martini:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add the gin or vodka, and vermouth. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients. Strain into a martini glass.

To prepare the dry martini:

  • Place 1-2 green olives in a martini glass.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add the gin or vodka, olive juice, and vermouth. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients. Strain into the prepared martini glass.

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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  • A classic! My husband loves a good dirty martini and while I can never have enough olives in my life, I’ve never been a fan of the brininess in my drink. Now, I’m always happy with an olive garnish (if I have my pick, I’m all about the blue cheese-stuffed ones :-P).

  • Don’t shake a martini! It’s supposed to be crystal clear. Shaking it will introduce tiny air bubbles and ice shards. The drink will be an ugly mess with a bad texture.

    If you truly like that texture, then order a Bradford. That is the name of a shaken martini.

    If you want vodka, don’t order a martini. The version of this cocktail made with vodka instead of gin is called a Kangaroo.

    Keep the barbarians at the gate.