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Frangelico Dirty Martini

There are martinis – then there are dirty martinis, where there’s something that’s thrown in a bit left field.

In this case it’s Frangelico. Delectable, hazelnutty Frangelico.

And just in case you’re wondering – it’s stirred, not shaken. And it’s very very good.

Frangelico Dirty Martini

Frangelico Dirty Martini

Recipe by Marti Cuatt

A nutty dirty martini is all you could wish for at cocktail hour. Heaven.

Course: Cocktail HourDifficulty: Easy
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You will need

  • 15 ml 15 white vermouth

  • 20 ml 20 Frangelico

  • 35 ml 35 quality vodka

  • Ice

Here’s what to do

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or jug.
  • Stir to combine until well chilled.
  • Strain into a martini glass and serve, garnished with a twist of orange peel.

What is a dirty martini anyway?

A true Dirty Martini is a pimped up version of a classic, but with extra olive brine. This results in a briny, salty drink that takes a certain palette to enjoy. Try this version from the bartenders’ go-to reference site, Difford’s Guide.

It mixes Gin, Noilly Prat vermouth and olive bitters rather than olive brine, but it’s still and acquired taste.

According to history and also noted in Difford’s Guide, America’s 32nd President, Franklin D Roosevelt was a keen bartender and is often connected to the Dirty Martini. Apart from there being no real evidence he used olive brine in his martinis, his home cocktails were “reportedly, horrendous”.

Want a different style of Martini?

Try my apple version instead. Made with Tasmanian Charles Oates Distillery apple liqueur, vodka and gorgeous Liqor 43, this one will have you dancing to a different Martini tune.

Find it here in my cocktail section.: Vodka Apple Martini.

Whatever your favourite Martini is – enjoy it well, and in moderation.

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