Grilled Dirty Martini

This Grilled Dirty Martini is like summer in a glass! Grilled olives give a mild smoky flavor to this vodka martini that I know you’re going to love!

We can’t get enough of this dirty martini, olive flavor! Also be sure to check out these mini Dirty Martini Shots to really get the party going!

Grilled Dirty Martini with olives from the top view

A Smoky Dirty Martini Recipe

Today is April 6. The joke I just heard on the news is that we’re calling this season “Sprinter” which is a combination of Spring and Winter…but I gotta tell you, it’s definitely more Winter.

Just this morning it was snowing and last week we got a foot and a half of snow. That’s a FOOT and a half, not and inch and a half. The joys of living in New Jersey.

But this weekend is the Masters so we can at least sit with a good drink and some good appetizers going and watch the pros play golf where it’s warm and sunny and beautiful out.

We actually might need a lot of drinks to stop from feeling so jealous. But I’m game if you are…let’s get going with this Grilled Dirty Martini!

Grilled Dirty Martini in glass with shaker and olives

How Do You Grill Olives?

So obviously in this drink we’re talking about grilling the olives – but it’s more than that – we’re adding that smoky grilled flavor right in this dirty martini recipe.

I found these grilled olives at the store and knew I had to try this when we pull the grill out. And I did. I added olives to my grill basket and lightly toasted them to infuse them with that delicious, smoky grilled flavor.

In addition to grilling the olives, I’m adding a dash or two of these cool Oak Bitters I found. Just a little to drive that grilled flavor home but not too much to make it actually taste oaky.

The last twist for this Grilled Dirty Martini is a lemon peel. But not for the garnish – I added a lemon twist to the cocktail shaker while I shook up this drink.

It added the perfect amount of lemon freshness to the vodka without actually being “lemony”. You with me so far? Just a dash of Oak Bitters without it becoming too “oaky” and just a hint of lemon rind without it being too “lemony”.

Subtle flavors here, that’s the key to this Grilled Dirty Martini, and I promise you that you’re going to love it!

Grilled Dirty Martini in glass with shaker and olives and cocktail napkin

Pull out the grill, shake a few of these martinis up and get ready for the best part of the year. But until we get there here in Jersey we can at least watch The Masters on TV and pretend!

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Grilled Dirty Martini in glass with shaker and olives

Grilled Dirty Martini

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

A delicious twist on the classic Dirty Martini, with grilled flavors infused right in the glass!



  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce olive juice
  • 12 dashes Oak Bitters
  • lemon twist
  • splash of water
  • grilled olives for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients except for the olives to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake very well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Add the olives on a pick for garnish.

Recipe Notes

If you can’t find grilled olives at the store you can easily make them yourself by putting a few olives onto a skewer, or in a grill basket, and grilling them lightly on both sides.

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

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