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Very dirty martini

  • serves 1
  • Easy

This twist on a dirty martini comes from Crouch End restaurant, Kalimera. It incorporates flavours of Kalamata olives with roasted Florina pepper and thyme


Try this very dirty martini, then check out our classic dirty martini, passion fruit martiniespresso martini and more martini recipes.

Origins of the Very Dirty Kalimera Martini

This recipe was created by our friend and incredibly talented bartender Sotiris Sakkas, and was born from the idea of making a drink with the Kalamata olives from Télémaque’s family olive grove in Laconia, Greece. We emphasise the Greek flavours by infusing roasted Florina pepper and thyme into the drink. This recipe comes from Crouch End restaurant, Kalimera



  • roasted Florina pepper or roasted red pepper 1 slice
  • kalamata olives pitted and sliced to make 1 tsp, plus 2 whole stone-in olives
  • thyme 2 sprigs
  • vodka 50ml
  • Lillet Blanc 25ml


  • Step 1

    Put the pepper, olives and one sprig of thyme in a shaker, muddle the ingredients and add the vodka and Lillet Blanc. Shake, then fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously twice, then fine strain and pour into a martini glass.

  • Step 2

    Put the whole Kalamata olives on a cocktail stick and use to garnish the drink along with the remaining sprig of thyme.