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Feb 4, 2008 09:49 AM

Pre-made mixers

I just have to share this little anecdote from yesterday at the grocery store. I was picking up some Rose's Lime (gosh, I wish it wasn't made with HFCS) and was casually looking at all the pre-made mixers. Of course, tons of Bloody Mary and Margarita "mix" (and I'm sure we all make better from scratch). And now they have these add-ins for cocktails/ martinis (cosmo, appletini, etc.) I saw a small bottle of "Dirty Martini Mix." Huh?? It's my favorite cocktail and I couldn't imagine what they would put in it. Ingredients: Spanish olive juice, water. LOL. They're actually selling the olive juice that we get with our olives and end up throwing away. (Unless you are using for said Dirty Martinis.)

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  1. Why does anyone want to destroy gin with olive juice????

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    1. re: darwyn

      It's like putting 2 olives in your martini. Only moreso.

      1. re: darwyn

        I completely agree! Salty gin is really unappealing and a waste of perfectly good booze!


        1. re: darwyn

          Have to chime in on and agree with the naysayers on the dirty martini. I could never figure out the attraction to adding the brine from a jar of olives into a gin or vodka martini, and whether using inexpensive or expensive gin/vodka. But hey, to each their own. I even, often times, dab off the excess brine from the olives before skewering them to add to my martini. 'Only moreso?' No thanks I just use skewers that allow me to put 4 to 5 olives on them.

          1. re: crt

            Add me to the list. I like my gin on the rocks.

        2. After ordering a dirty martini from me the other night, I had a customer ask me where he could could find this exact product. It would seem unnecessary. But when people are regularly drinking "extra dirty" martinis at home from trough-sized cocktail glasses, they're going to run out of brine from that little jar of blue cheese or garlic or whatever stuffed olives right quick.

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          1. re: ultramagnetic

            Well, there was another brand of Dirty Martini Mix with a list of ingredients like: ascorbic acid, water, artificial flavors, Yellow #5, sodium benzoate, etc. That could make people think they're buying something fancier than olive juice, I guess.

            1. re: jennywinker

              That's the most amazing part of your story. They'd be better off just buying a cheap jar of olives!

          2. There's also a sanitary angle to how this is being marketed. Like, all the fingers that dip into the olive juice in a bar on an average night may put you off ordering dirty martinis.

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            1. re: wontonton

              I assume the mix sold at the grocery store is for home use. And since there's likely only 2 sets of fingers going into my olive jar at home, I'm willing to risk it.

              1. re: wontonton

                Those same fingers touch all the lemons, limes, etc. I figure the liquor kills most of the bad stuff. Life's too short to worry about it.

                1. re: mojoeater

                  Just saying what I saw on this website at the top of the page. I don't order martinis dirty anyway.


                  1. re: wontonton

                    A good bartender will, or should, be using the toothpick/'decorative skewer to pick up the olives to be added to the martini. They even have mini-tongs for drink condiments.

                    1. re: wontonton

                      Also from the website:

                      Dirty Martini Olive Juice
                      "Finally, a dirty martini product that accents a good gin instead of burying it!.. Dirty Sue tastes of fresh squeezed olive juice."

                      Funny. Have you ever squeezed an olive to get fresh juice??

                2. Yes, people will buy anything.

                  A properly made dirty martini can be a wonderful thing. The problem is that people put waaaaay too much olive juice in there. About half a teaspoon is as much as I'm willing to go.

                  And those of you who order your martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives... why?

                  1. I had samples of some of these products sent to me but none seemed any good.