Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Is it time for a filthy dirty martini yet?


Filthy Dirty Martini by Diverse Dinners


It’s Christmas Day folks, and if you celebrate Christmas you are likely in the throes of creating something wonderful for your family and friends to eat. I’m usually in the kitchen this time of year too, sweating over the stove.  Instead I’m home with my mother in Bedfordshire, and she’s in the kitchen right now making light work of her stupendous mac and cheese.

My mother and brother are the cooks for this year’s Christmas dinner. I just had one job,  to bring the booze. While they toil away in the kitchen, I’m sitting quietly in a corner working on a few drinks recipes for the rest of the holiday season.

Today’s recipe is a doozy, it’s the ideal cocktail for someone who is partial to savory and sweet. This filthy dirty martini is a combination of green olive juice, honey, vodka and vermouth, garnished with three olives. A very simple recipe that requires dissolving the honey in the olive juice and allowing it to cool before mixing begins.

I used one of my favorite olives, Castelvetrano olives. These olives are slightly buttery in taste and do not have much of a lingering flavor. I used pitted olives, as I used these olives in another recipe, Moroccan chicken, but you can go with whole olives for this recipe, .

A filthy dirty martini is much more complex than it’s original and classic martini. The olive juice in the filthy dirty martini has bite which is nicely tempered with the honey. If you like, you can go a step further and add a slice of jalapeno when dissolving the honey to add kick if your a lover of spicy drinks. 


Filthy Dirty Martini by Diverse Dinners


This filthy martini cocktail is great for after a meal. Once your palate has tasted all manor of exciting flavors, this cocktail will go down a treat. You should be ready to curl up in front of the TV, or fire, or whatever you do after a big meal.


Yields 2

Filthy Dirty Martini

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup green olive juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
  • Ice
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup vermouth
  • Green olives as garnish
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Small saucepan
  • Heatproof jug
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail jug & spoon
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Martini glasses


  1. Heat olive juice and honey in a small saucepan and stir until honey is completely dissolved.
  2. Strain liquid into a heatproof jug and allow to cool
  3. Fill cocktail jug halfway with ice then add honeyed olive juice, vodka and vermouth.
  4. Stir vigorously.
  5. Add three olives to each martini glass.
  6. With a cocktail strainer, pour equal amounts into martini glasses.