2020 Done Me Dirty Martini

It’s bad luck to have an even amount of olives in a dirty martini. So let’s not press our luck, add 3 olives to this dirty martini so we don’t have a repeat of 2020.

What is there to say about a dirty martini? It’s a classic that thanks to James Bond is very well known. Vodka, vermouth, olive brine, and olives that’s all freezing cold simple as that. And boy has 2020 give us plenty to drink about, we started the year with Austarilla on fire and millions of acres of land burned down and a billion of animals. Then we just avoided World War III that was only January. Then we start hearing about some deadly virus in China that turned into a full blown world wide pandemic, where we all had to quarantine to flatten the curve of Covid-19 spreading, the world was in lock down which in turn made every non-essential person lose their jobs, the president was impeached. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle renounced their royalty, Brexit actually happened, Me Too movement got more traction with Harvey Weinstein, George Floyd being killed then Black Lives Matter was front and center which sparked national protests and riots during a pandemic. Then a presidential election, where our polarizing president is running against an a former vice president and who can be our first woman of color VP. MURDER HORNETS in my state, locust swarms in Africa and Asia, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, terrible tornado season in the midwest, volcano exploding in the philippines, and remember when we had a dust storm touching base on the east coast from Africa? Mr. Peanut died, Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben got fired, Tom Hanks got Covid, Kobe Bryant, RGB, Alex Trebek, Chadwick Boseman, John Lewis and so many others who all passed away this year. All Sports were put on hold, the summer olympics were pushed back a year, the pentagon released possible UFO videos, countless restaurant casualties, small businesses struggling to keep their head above water, and more people losing their minds about Tiger King. Whatever your reason to drink this year bottoms up.

I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative person when it comes to cocktails, anything other than a vodka soda is fancy. SoI asked my friend Luke Barrey who is currently working as a bartender at Gander and Ryegrass, to show me a couple of simple but delicious drinks that will make the last day in 2020 special. Let’s drink away from 2020 and cheer in 2021.

Luke’s Bartender’s Tips

  • Shake if there’s juice, and stir if there is not. 
  • Always double stain your drinks, to ensure that there is as little sediment in your drink as possible. 
  • Ice is a crucial ingredient, bad-tasting ice will melt into your drink and that flavor will linger. 
  • The size of the ice is also important, too small it will dilute your drink too fast. Best to shake or stir with small ice serve with bigger ice cubes or “gentlemen’s ice”.
  • When garnishing with citrus zest try to zest over the glass so that any oils from the rind will add flavor to your drink, or at least twist the zest over the glass. Also, give the rim of the glass with the zest before dropping it into the drink.  

Find this recipe in Spokane CDA Living Magazine

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2020 Done Me Dirty Martini

2020 Done Me Dirty Martini

It's bad luck to have an even amount of olives in a dirty martini. So let's not press our luck, add 3 olives to this dirty martini so we don't have a repeat of 2020.


  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz sweet Vermouth
  • splash of Olive Juice (pimiento stuffed manzanilla olives)
  • 3 olives for garnish
  • Ice


  1. Hours if not the night before stick the vodka, mixing pitcher, and martini glass in the freezer.
  2. In the pitcher add everything but the olives, stir vigorously for 10-15 seconds
  3. Strain into chilled glass and garnish with olives


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