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Playing How To Make A Dirty Basil Martini Cocktail By John Cusimano

Fresh basil and the fixings for an extra dirty martini give John's cocktail a little pep in its step.


  • 4 to 5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Peel from 1 fresh lemon (not the bitter white pith)
  • Olive brine, to taste, plus olives for garnish
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka, 3 tablespoons
  • ¾ ounce white vermouth, 1 ½ tablespoons


Serves: 2


Muddle fresh basil leaves, lemon peel, and olive brine in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka and white vermouth. Stir with ice until chilled, then double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with basil leaf and olive.

Always drink responsibly.