Seriously Dirty Martinis

Active Time: N/ATotal Time10 MIN
Yield: Serves : 2

Dirty vodka martinis are a staple at television personality Alex Guarnaschelli’s parties, but she also likes to mix it up from time to time. A floral gin martini made seriously dirty with olives is a great palate opener, she says, but the real secret is adding the brine from the jar of capers in the door in her fridge.


  • 1 cup crushed ice

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) gin (such as Hendrick’s)

  • 2 tablespoons green olive juice from jar

  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) dry vermouth (such as Noilly Prat)

  • 1 tablespoon caper brine from jar

  • 2 cracks of fresh black pepper

  • 6 large green olives (such as Cerignola)

How to Make It


Place crushed ice in a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid. Add gin, olive juice, vermouth, and caper brine. Swirl until liquid is cold and sides of shaker have condensation, about 30 seconds. Strain gin mixture evenly into 2 martini glasses. Crack pepper over olives, and add 3 olives to each glass.

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