Olive Juice for Dirty Martinis

Reviewed by Mixologist and BarSmarts Graduate Karen Frazier
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If you enjoy making dirty martinis at home but you're tired of wasting bottles of olives just for the juice, there's an easy solution. Learn how to make your own dirty martini olive juice.

Make Your Own Olive Juice for Dirty Martinis

Olive juice, or brine, doesn't come from the olives themselves like olive oil does. It is simply a mixture of salt, vinegar, and water, although the olives do add some flavor. Making your own dirty martini olive juice is fairly simple.


  • 2 cups green olives
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt


  • 1 glass jar and lid (recycling an old olive jar is fine)
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Put the olives in the glass jar, and press them well with the wooden spoon to release their natural juices.
  2. Mix the water, vinegar, and salt, and pour the mixture over the olives. Be sure the mixture covers the olives, but leave some airspace at the top of the jar.
  3. Seal the container tightly with the lid, and shake it vigorously. This action blends the mixture and allows the olives to release a little more flavor.
  4. Refrigerate the jar, and be sure to shake it again before using the juice. The longer the mixture is allowed to sit, the stronger the olive brine becomes.
  5. Repeat this process until you've finished your olives, and you'll never have to waste them again.

Tip for Maximizing the Juice in the Jar

If you still prefer the brine you get when you purchase a container of olives, try purchasing your olives from a gourmet food store where you can scoop them into a container yourself. Add extra olive brine so that you can use some to make martinis, yet still have enough left over to cover the olives. When your olive juice starts to get low, add vermouth, which is similar in taste.

Purchase Pre-Made Olive Juice

Dirty martini connoisseurs may argue that pre-made olive juice is far inferior to fresh olive juice, but there is something to be said for convenience. You can buy it from the following manufacturers:

  • Dirty Sue - This brine is made using olives from the Seville region of Spain, and it's filtered twice before bottling. The product sells for about $13 for a 375 ml bottle, and there is a minimum purchase of two bottles when you buy directly from the Dirty Sue website.
  • Boscoli - Made from green olives, Boscoli sells for less than $10 for a 12.7 ounce bottle. It rates rather well with customers, although some find it a bit too salty for their tastes.
  • Fee Brothers - Fee Brothers prides itself on the fact that their product is real brine, the same used to package olives. Reviews are a little mixed, with some customers satisfied with the product and one customer in particular who was not impressed with the flavor. A 12.8 ounce bottle sells for about $14 per bottle.

Never Run Out of Olive Juice

Whether you purchase olive juice or make your own, this is one ingredient every home bartender should have on hand. Keep your bar stocked with this mixer, and you can enjoy a dirty martini any time you like.

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