Gage & Tollner’s Dirty Vodka Martini

St. John Frizell | Brooklyn, New York

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At Gage & Tollner, a house brine gives the bar’s dirty Martinis their olive-like tang. The dirty Martini can be made with gin or vodka; this variation uses Tito’s vodka.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably Tito’s vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably Tito’s vodka
  • 1/2 ounce house brine (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1/2 ounce house brine (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1/2 ounce dirty vermouth (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1/2 ounce dirty vermouth (see Editor’s Note)

Garnish: olive

Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an olive.
Editor's Note

To make dirty vermouth: Combine 2 parts dry vermouth (preferably Dolin Dry) with 1 part fino sherry (preferably Tío Pepe).

To make house brine: Combine 93.5% water, 5.20% kosher salt and 1.30% lactic acid, by weight.