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.
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.
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.
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.
- Use olive brine from the olive jar. Something like Divina Castelvetrano Pitted Olives are delicious for martinis. Here are some other suggestions:
- Always use pitted olives for garnishing.
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.
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Let us know if you try this dirty martini recipe with tequila! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s one of our favorite drinks now.
Dirty Martini Recipe with Tequila
- 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!