thirsty thursday: dirty martinis

Perfection, pure and simple.



A martini is the quintessential host drink. So easy to prepare, minimalist as far as ingredients are considered, and a snap to assemble, it really doesn’t get better than this. Sure, you can dress it up with different flavored liquors, garnish it to death but…why mess with something so pure?

I’ll be the first gal to admit that it took me quite some time before I was able to appreciate this cocktail. Especially considering this is a VODKA-based martini {insert gasp here}. I am a gin lover, through and through – it’s my liquor of choice when it comes to drink but, for any martini, it’s the vodka that I desire. The clean backdrop of flavor that the vodka provides really lets the drink shine. You can drink it straight up or, if you’re like the hubs and myself, you prefer to stir the pot with some flavor, albeit oh-so-slightly.

It’s nothing mind-blowing or a brand new discovery by any means, but in my eyes, the perfect way to drink a martini is shaken vigorously with a bit of vermouth, olive brine, and garnished with a few blue cheese stuffed olives. Here’s the recipe that the hubs makes when our fancy for a martini strikes; I guarantee you’ll be a convert after your first sip. Enjoy!


Dirty Martinis

No explanation needed. A classic drink that can’t be made any better, the flavor balance of the vodka and brine is what elevates this simple combination from ordinary to extraordinary. 


2 ounces vodka, whatever your personal preference

1 ounce dry vermouth

olive brine, to taste {I love using Dirty Sue; it can be found on Amazon!}

optional {I think necessary!} garnish: blue cheese stuffed olives 

To Prepare:

Fill a martini glass with ice so that it will be nicely chilled. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka and dry vermouth. Add in the olive brine, to your personal taste. Top off with ice and shake vigorously until chilled, at least 30 seconds.

Pour the ice out of the martini glass, and strain the martini into it. Garnish with desired amount of blue cheese stuffed olives that have been skewered onto a toothpick.

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