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Dirty Juice

We get sent all kinds of niche food products to the paper, which explains the oddities that pile up on my desk: açai-pomegranate vinegar, onion-parsley peanut butter, Bacon Salt (which is, counterintuitively, both vegetarian and kosher) and this.

Yes, bottled olive juice

I guess it does happen that one runs out of olive juice before running out of olives, particularly at a party. So this bottled brine could come in handy. 

I brought a bottle home and made a dirty martini that had a very salty, olivey flavor. (I was tempted to garnish it with a diuretic.) But, then again, I don’t really like dirty martinis, so I’m not a good judge. 

I gave the rest to my wife, who didn’t like it either. So we poured the rest down the drain and opened a bottle of wine. 

But if dirty’s your thing, check it out. 

By the way, a bartender once told me that if you reduce the olive juice, the drink is called a “dusky martini,” and if you increase it, you have a “filthy martini.” Yummers….

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January 28th, 2009
5:52 pm

Sounds like a vegetarian reviewing a new steak house. I love dirty martinis and have only heard good things about Dirty Sue. Will have to try it for sure!


January 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Indeed. A dirty-martini-loving colleague at the paper told me the same thing, so I gave her the other bottle to try out. She says she’ll post a comment here.


January 29th, 2009
9:38 pm

John’s dirty-martini-loving colleague here. And my verdict is … not bad at all. I made mine with vodka. The aroma was olive, but to me, the taste itself was predominantly salty. Hmm …. or maybe that’s always the case with my dirty martinis; I had just never been asked to analyze one before. Would I buy Dirty Sue? I wouldn’t rule it out, especially as John said, for a party. Bottom line: MY drink didn’t get poured down the drain!

John Kessler

January 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

Thanks, Lynn!

Rick Falis

March 7th, 2009
8:46 am

Where do you buy it in Atlanta?


March 9th, 2009
5:58 pm

As far as I know it’s mail order only. You can click the link to find out how.


September 17th, 2010
12:24 am

For Rick,

I am the owner of Dirty Sue. Contact me from and I will give you the info for atlanta. sorry for the delay, just stumbled upon this thread…