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Happy National Martini Day!
Early this week I mentioned how my Father and I share a bond off dirty martinis. What I really should have said is that my Dad figured out how to make a killer dirty martini and then sucked me into martini world shortly after. Thanks for that, Dad.
The key he found is in using garlic stuffed olives. Yes, use the brine for it, and re-stuff those olives with blue cheese. (If you missed my blue cheese feta debacle on SnapChat the other day you missed gold. SC : Elle_Talk) Why is stuffing your own olives better? Most blue cheese olives are left in oil which is the last thing you want in your martini. For an example in the photos on this post, I used the exact olives I’m telling you not to use. You can see oil floating on top. Gross right? Stuffing the olives yourself adds garlic flavors to the mix but also a freshness you can’t get with jarred or deli counter olives. Hence, why this will be the best classic dirty martini you will ever have. I know I know, I make you guys work for your cocktails. Here is an olive stuffer to make your life easier. Olive Stuffer.
To make life even easier for you. If you can’t find garlic stuffed olives. Take a jar of regular olives, remove half the olives, and add in 3 cloves of garlic. Let sit for 48 hours.
So in honor of National Martini Day and Father’s Day around the corner, I’m sharing our current tried and true dirty martini recipe. If you like your martini extra dirty like I do, I’ll be leaving a note in the recipe box on what to change. gin martini lovers, you know what to do. Ignore the Vodka and make it with your favorite gin. I don’t like gin martinis but I have to admit in this recipe they are damn good.
- 2 jiggers Quality Chilled Vodka
- 1/2 jigger Garlic Olive Brine
- 1/2 jigger Water
- Splash Dry Vermouth
- 3 Garlic Stuffed Olives
- Blue Cheese
In a shaker filled with ice add in your vodka, brine, water, and vermouth. Shake vigorously for 30 shakes. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Removed the garlic from the garlic stuffed olives (put back in garlic olive brine) and stuff olive with blue cheese. Garnish with three on top of your martini.
EXTRA DIRTY MARTINI Remove the water from the recipe and use 1 jigger of brine. Keep the instructions the same after that.
This recipe is really easy and a classic. Which makes it part of the must know cocktails. So go forth and shake up a few of your own dirty martinis in our honor. Let me know down below how you like your martinis! Dry, Extra Dry, Gin, Dirty, Extra Dirty or Classic?
**Update: I’ve gotten a lot of emails about where I bought these stemless martini glasses. You can find them in my “SHOP” at the top of this page or right here from Amazon: