The Perfect Dirty Martini: An Aussie Twist On A Classic

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The Dirty Martini – a sophisticated and iconic drink enjoyed worldwide. But for Aussies who love a bit of a twist on the classics, the Dirty Martini takes on a whole new meaning. This recipe adds a splash of olive brine, giving the drink a salty, savoury edge that perfectly complements the vodka and vermouth.

Here’s everything you need to know about making the perfect Dirty Martini, Aussie-style:

Dirty Martini cocktail recipe
Dirty Martini cocktail recipe


60ml (2 oz) Vodka – Choose a high-quality vodka for the best flavour.

  • 15ml (½ oz) Dry Vermouth – A touch of dryness is key.
  • Olive brine – High-quality brine from a jar of marinated olives adds the best flavour. Start with a splash (around 10ml) and adjust to your taste.
  • 3 Green olives – For garnish and that essential briny bite.
  • Lemon twist (optional) – A classic touch for a touch of citrus aroma.
  • Ice – Chilling is crucial for a perfectly refreshing Dirty Martini.

  • Directions:

    1. Prep is key: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. This will chill the shaker and ensure your martini is nice and cold.
    2. Measure your ingredients: Pour the vodka, dry vermouth, and olive brine into a measuring jug. Remember, you can always add more brine later, but you can’t take it out!
    3. Shake it up: Strain the ice from the shaker and add the measured vodka, vermouth, and brine. Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
    4. Strain and serve: Strain the martini into a chilled martini glass. Discard the ice from the shaker.
    5. Garnish and enjoy: Garnish your Dirty Martini with three green olives speared on a cocktail pick. If you’re feeling fancy, add a lemon twist for an extra touch of aroma.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 180 (depending on the vodka brand)

  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Sodium: High (due to the olive brine)

  • Please note: This is a general estimate and the actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    The Dirty Martini is a simple yet sophisticated cocktail perfect for any occasion. The addition of olive brine gives it a unique Aussie twist that’s both savoury and refreshing. With just a few high-quality ingredients and a quick shake, you can create this iconic drink at home and impress your mates.

    So next time you’re looking for a classic cocktail with a bit of Aussie flair, give the Dirty Martini a try!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use flavoured vodka in a Dirty Martini?

    While you can certainly experiment with flavoured vodkas, it’s recommended to stick to a high-quality plain vodka for the Dirty Martini. The olive brine and dry vermouth already add distinct flavours, and flavoured vodka might overpower them.

    2. What type of olives should I use for a Dirty Martini?

    Any type of green olive will work in a Dirty Martini. However, classic choices include Castelvetrano olives (known for their mild flavour) or Manzanilla olives (slightly salty and briny).

    3. How dirty should my Dirty Martini be?

    That’s entirely up to your taste! Start with a splash of olive brine (around 10ml) and taste your martini. If you enjoy a stronger savoury flavour, add more brine a little at a time until you reach your desired level of “dirtiness.”

    4. Can I substitute the olive brine with something else?

    Technically, yes. However, the olive brine is what gives the Dirty Martini its signature flavour. You could experiment with a very small amount of caper juice (for a similar salty kick) but be very cautious as it has a strong flavour.

    5. What other garnishes can I use for a Dirty Martini?