The ULTIMATE Dirty Martini – shaken, not stirred – and made with just 2 ingredients! This version combines vodka and olive juice and skips the vermouth for a clean, straightforward flavor you’re sure to love!

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I’ll never forget the first time I tried a Dirty Martini. I was with a friend, who swore they were the best thing ever, and ordered one for both of us. Extra Dirty.

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I have to admit… I was a little bit scared. Vodka + olive juice? It’s definitely… different. And also THE BEST THING EVER.

Of course, I immediately tried to re-create it at home, and for some reason it never quite tasted the same. Until I finally realized the key to the BEST Dirty Martini is no vermouth!

This recipe couldn’t be more simple… just 2 ingredients + ice… and it makes exactly the kind of Dirty Martini we all crave. Extra dirty… yet somehow completely clean in flavor.

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  • 3 ounces vodka or gin
  • ½ – 1 ½ ounces olive juice (to taste)
  • ice
  • 3 olives, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka or gin and olive juice.
  2. Fill the shaker ¾ full with ice; shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Place 3 olives in a chilled martini glass.
  4. Strain the mixture into the glass.
  5. Enjoy!

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Recipe variations

  • Make a Gibson by omitting the olive juice, adding a splash of vermouth, and garnishing with cocktail onions
  • Make a Dirty Frenchman by following recipe instructions and garnishing with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
  • Add a splash of vermouth
  • Make it a Dry Martini by combining vodka or gin and vermouth in a 5:1 ratio and omitting the olive juice
  • Make it a Smoky Martini by adding a splash of Scotch whiskey
  • Make it a 50/50 Martini by combining equal parts vodka or gin and vermouth, plus a dash of orange bitters
  • Serve it on the rocks in an Old Fashioned glass

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More cocktails you’ll love

  • Espresso Martini
  • Strawberries & Cream Martini
  • Baileys Mint Martini
  • Chocolate Strawberry Martini
  • Lemon Meringue Martini
  • Appletini
  • Gimlet

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