How To: Mix a dirty vodka martini

Mix a dirty vodka martini

Theo explains how to make martinis that you’ll like. He starts with vodka, preferring Grey Goose or Smirnoff. He explains that basic vermouth is fine in a martini; expensive vermouths don’t do much for the flavor. He uses a standard martini glass for serving and suggests chilling them in the freezer, and the stainless steel part of a Boston shaker and strainer for mixing the drink. He suggests having olives on hand for a dirty martini, and picks to hold the olive garnish. He starts by filling the metal part of the shaker with ice. He adds five ounces of vodka to the shaker, then one half ounce of vermouth. For a dirty martini, he adds one quarter ounce of olive brine. He lets the drink set on ice for seven minutes so the ice melts into the drink, instead of adding water. Frost on the metal shaker is a good sign that it’s ready to shake. Before serving the martini, add a couple of ice cubes to each glass for a slow drink, to keep it cold, and add olives to garnish. For serving, simply strain the drink into the prepared glass.

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