The Low-Down on the Dirty Martini

May 2nd, 2013 | News | 0 Comments

Eventhough vodka has now become the standard, a martini is traditionally a gin and vermouth drink — garnished with an olive or lemon twist. Martinis can be served shaken or stirred, and are sometimes served on the rocks. James Bond was famous for his love of martinis “shaken, not stirred,” but both versions can be found in any local bar.

In the United States, the era of Prohibition gave rise to the illegal manufacture of gin, and martinis became common and popular in the 1920s. After Prohibition, the quality of gin improved, and martinis became more dry. The drink saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1990s.

A classic Dirty Martini adds olive juice to the mix. The splash of olive juice makes a martini “dirty,” describing the cloudy appearance of the drink. Extra-dirty martinis are available to those who love the salty, “briny” flavor of the olive juice.

Some individuals prefer the aromatic flavor of gin, which is derived from juniper berries and other florals. Others prefer the clean flavor of vodka. Both liquors can be used to make a memorable dirty martini:


( Makes 1 serving )

  • 2½ oz. vodka or gin
  • ½ oz. Taste of Florida Dirty Martini
  • Optional splash of dry vermouth


Combine ice, vodka or gin with Taste of Florida Dirty Martini mix in a shaker. Optionally, add a splash of dry vermouth. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with blue cheese stuffed green olives.

TOF Dirty Martini mix is a delicious way to get that salty flavor you love! Don’t simply rely on the leftover liquid in the bottom of the olive jar — get fresh, bold flavors for this martini and all the other drinks you enjoy.

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