If you’ve been reading this website for a while, you probably know that I spout the virtues of fresh ingredients and encourage people to eschew the use of pre-made drink mixes.
So, I was a little taken aback when I received a package containing two bottles of Dirty Sue Dirty Martini Mix in the mail this week.
Now, part of my taken-abackedness came from the fact that they didn’t include one of their awesome chocolate brown t-shirts, in a large (L). Ahem.
But what really struck me was:
A. Why would someone send me, of all people, a martini mix?
B. Who needs a dirty martini mix anyway? It’s just olive juice and gin, right?
But once I started thinking about dirty martinis, with their brine seasoned by an evening’s worth of some bartender’s fingertips, open to the elements and festooned with dead fruit-flies, I realized the true brilliance of this stuff. Olive brine in a bottle! Of course!
Well, being the consummate taste-tester, I brought a bottle to the bar and tried it out on some of the staff and customers. The verdict? Strong. And wonderful! It took some getting used to, as this is very potent juice, but once we got our proportions down, we were cranking out the most consistent, clean, delicious dirty martinis we’ve ever made.
Now, the website recommends 3 ounces gin (I’m sure the vodka was a typo) to .75 ounces of Dirty Sue, but I found that a mere half ounce worked just fine for us.
So there you go. Dirty Sue is available in 8 states (not Oregon, but you can buy it online) with more to come soon.