Your Next Drink: Dirty Martini

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 06, 2014 5:00 AM

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Primary Alcohol: Gin

Serving size: 6-ounce cocktail glass

My encounter with this drink came when I was feeling like James Bond. This classic drink, “shaken, not stirred,” may be the perfect cocktail when you’re dressed to the nines or feeling mysterious. Or, you might just love the taste of olives with your gin.

Either way, this classic drink packs a decent punch — there’s a reason Bond only drinks one or two per night.

The “dirty” comes from the fact that the olive juice is poured into the mixer and shaken, to really infuse the taste of olive with the rest of the drink.

Appearance: Clear, even with the olive juice, in a tall cocktail glass. Served with one or two olives as a garnish, so you know it isn’t just water.

Taste: The olive is the powerhouse in this drink, while the gin takes a back seat. Enjoyable for me, maybe not so much for others.

Advice: Bring gum if you’re going to have more than one or two of these. Your friends or significant other will appreciate it. This drink is also popular with vodka, but it’s not as traditional.

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