Dirty Martini

Dirty MartiniA tried and tested dirty martini - for all you cool cats...

The martini became America's cocktail of choice in the Prohibition era. Since alcohol was technically banned and the backdoor speakeasy was the only place to imbibe, dance the Charleston, and enjoy the decadently roaring 1920s, bathtub gin was cheap and easy to illegally manufacture. Despite the fact that the quality was suspect, the ready availability of gin contributed to making the martini the predominant cocktail of that period. Originating in the jazz age, it has always been associated with glamour, flappers, lavish parties and a certain sophisticated elegance that has long since faded in America.

It is the simplicity and streamlined ingredients of the martini that make it a timeless classic. By today's cocktail standards, as bartenders are making progressively more complicated and outlandish drinks, the martini appears old fashioned. However, if something is created as perfectly as the classic martini, there is no reason to alter its mixology. With the martini, only a few subtle variations have occurred since its original conception.

The dirty martini is a slight variation on the traditional cocktail. The martini is garnished with a couple of olives on a toothpick. Adding a little olive juice or brine to the mix creates the dirty martini. The olive juice will make the drink appear somewhat cloudy, and this is how the drink earned the name.

The dirty martini, like the original cocktail, is considered a classic. The popularity of these timeless originals go in cycles. However, whether the martini is dirty or not, more and more people are enjoying a vodka martini instead of the traditional gin cocktail. The true martini purist, however, would never think of doing such a thing.

2 oz (or approx 60ml) Gin
1/4 oz (or approx 10ml) Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz (or approx 5ml) olive brine
3 green olives (add or remove olives to your taste)
small wedge of lemon (optional)

Into a cocktail shaker, pour the Gin, Dry Vermouth and olive brine.
Add ice.
Shake well.
Rub the rim of the martini glass with the wedge of lemon.
Strain and pour contents of cocktail shaker into a martini glass.
Drop the olives into the martini before serving.

If you are looking for an even more decadent treat for the evening, try some great chocolate fondue recipes while sipping your dirty martini. Its out of this world.

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