How do you make a Dirty Martini?
Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Bartending interview
How many different types of martinis do you know how to make? If you're struggling on this one, you may want to spend some time practicing different martini recipes. What makes it dirty? Olive juice!
Some people like their martini real dirty, which means extra olive juice and sometimes extra olives. You will need to be prepared for the variations of martinis, so it may be best to hit up the liquor store and gather your ingredients. Don't forget the olives!
Basic answer example
"A good Dirty Martini is enough to put some hair on one's chest! To make a dirty martini, you need vodka or gin, dry vermouth, and olive juice. Rather than using a shaker, I use a glass filled to the brim with ice. To this glass, I add 2.5 parts vodka (or gin), a half ounce of dry vermouth, and a half ounce of olive juice. I then stir and strain into a chilled martini glass with a 3 olive garnish."
Entry Level answer example
"Dirty Martini's are fun to make! In a shaker with ice, I add 2.5 parts vodka, 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth and a 1/2 ounce of olive juice. Shake, and add to a chilled martini glass with an olive garnish. That's a basic recipe. Some customers prefer even more olive brine!"
Experienced answer example
"Olive brine, olive brine, olive brine! Can you believe I once had a bartender make a dirty martini for me with pickle juice?? It was pretty nasty, but I had to applaud her improvisation. In a glass with ice, I add 2 ounces of vodka or gin, a half ounce of dry vermouth and a little under an ounce of olive brine. I'll stir with a metal stir stick, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Don't forget the olives as a garnish!"