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Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice

Dirty Sue
Premium Olive Juice


By Robert Plotkin

One of the classic cocktails in the annals of American mixology is the Dirty Martini. It's a straightforward drink concocted with three ingredients—premium French vermouth, a superior dry gin or vodka, and a healthy dose of olive brine. As cocktail aficionados and nightlife enthusiasts will attest, when made properly the drink is an exquisite feast for the senses.

While the quality of the vermouth and brilliance of the base spirit are significant variables, the often overlooked X factor to making an exemplary Dirty Martini is the character of olive brine. Preparing a Dirty Martini with brine sitting on the bottom of the garnish tray often results in a less than marvelous drink. There’s no reason to elaborate or mention that brine sitting out for hours can become tainted and cloudy with bits of olive and pimento.

The one-step solution is Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice. Developed by L.A. bartender Eric Tecosky, the bottled premium olive juice is undoubtedly the best thing that can happen to a Dirty Martini. Unlike more pedestrian brine, Dirty Sue is made from premium, twice filtered olive brine. The amber colored juice has a savory salty/olive nose, a luxurious oily mouthfeel and a vibrant olive and balsamic vinegar taste.

After a few minutes alone with Dirty Sue, veteran mixologists will come to appreciate it’s the stuff of legends and the secret to one of life's great mysteries, the Dirty Martini.