Dirty Martinis: You either love them or you hate them. The cocktail gets its distinctively bold flavor from salty olive brine, which not everyone adores. So we got to thinking about other brines and how they would change the cocktail. After hitting the pickle aisle and hosting a couple of extremely salty tasting panels, we found six unexpected brines that are delicious in a Dirty Martini. Lovers of the cocktail might find a new favorite, and those who hate olives might discover a version they actually like.
Banana Pepper Brine
The Supercall staff dubbed this version the “Pizza Party Martini” and said that it would be perfect for pairing with your favorite pie. One even said it was like the “Pizza Hut salad bar in a drink,” which is actually way more delicious than it sounds. Banana pepper brine works best with drier gins and gives the Dirty Martini a nice spice level and salinity.