Dirty Martini Recipe with Tequila

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Unlike our classic dirty martini recipe, this dirty martini is made with tequila and a little bit of chili oil! It’s absolutely refreshing, delicious and truly unique cocktail!

The tequila gives the drink a slightly smoky flavor and the olive brine gives it the classic martini flavor we all love. The best part is the dash of chili oil that adds a touch of spice. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients for a unique martini.

Dirty martini with 4 green olives and a dash of chili oil over the top.

We had a version of this cocktail while visiting one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston, Raw 167. I ordered a dirty martini and it ended up being one of my favorite martinis. However, it tasted different and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

To my surprise, it was made with tequila! That smoky flavor I was tasting in the drink sure was tequila. I savored every sip and let all the notes sink in so I could recreate it at home.

Here is our version of a dirty martini with tequila. It’s made with three simple ingredients and I promise it’s so good!

How to Make a Dirty Martini Recipe with Tequila


  • Tequila – Good quality Blanco tequila works best.
  • Olive Brine – Use the juice the olives come in.
  • Chili Oil – Classic chili oil is best.
Espolon tequila, olives and chili oil


Add the tequila and olive brine into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice for 30 seconds.

Strain the cocktail over a large ice cube and add a dash of chili oil.

The chili oil adds a little kick to the cocktail and some extra flavor. It goes perfectly with this drink and I wouldn’t make it without it.

Pouring chili oil over the top of a dirty martini

Tips for Making a Dirty Martini with Tequila

To make your cocktail the best it can be, here are some tips to help!

  • Use good quality Blanco tequila. It matters in martinis since it’s one of the main ingredients. Good doesn’t mean expensive something like Espolòn, Don Julio or Casamigos will work great.
  • Always shake with ice for at least 30 seconds to dilute the cocktail and make it extra chilly.
  • Always use pitted olives for garnishing.
Green olives sitting over a dirty martini

Frequently Asked Questions


A classic martini, when served cold has a clean and crisp taste. This was made with tequila has a bit of a smoky flavor to it, mixed with delicious olives. It’s perfect.


Mixologists typically stir cocktails and martinis. Stirring gently and smoothly blends the ingredients. However, we highly recommend shaking a dirty martini since it circulates the olive brine and dilutes the cocktail giving it a smoother finish.

A classic dirty martini and a dirty martini made with tequila

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dirty martini made with tequila

Dirty Martini Recipe with Tequila

Unlike our classic dirty martini recipe, this one is made tequila and a little bit if chili oil! It's absolutely refusing, delicious and truly unique.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 ounces tequila , blanco
  • 2 ounces olive brine
  • dash chili oil
  • 4 green olives, to garnish


  • Add the tequila and olive brine in a cocktial shaker and shake with ice for 30 seconds.
  • Strain over a large ice cube or in a coup without ice (we prefer ice)
  • Add a few drops of chili oil over the top.
  • Garnish with 4 green olives and enjoy!


Shake with ice for at least 30 seconds. This dilutes the cocktail and chills it really well. You want the martini to be extra cold!
Use a good brand of Blanco tequila. It matters in martinis. 
Add more chili oil if you want. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1132mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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