Shaken, Not Stirred

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If I had a penny for every time I listened to the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack within the past week, I would have quite a handful of pennies. Let's just put the mommy porn out of sight and out of mind for a minute. Let's instead focus on some of the heavy-hitters that round out the incredible album: Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding, Sia, The Weeknd, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé. Really? Who decided to come up with this line up? They should be getting paid millions of dollars for their genius. Oh wait, they probably are....

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Knowing that the plot revolves around a billionaire (who happens to be in BDSM), I can't help but think about opulent surroundings, personal helicopters, and classy drinks like martinis.

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The classic dirty martini is one of the fundamental cocktails that should be in everyone's repertoire. Gin or vodka, that is your choice. My personal preference is Double Cross Vodka. Forget the vermouth. Oh, and shaken, not stirred.

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Shake up one of these delicious dirty martinis. Put on a suit and tie. Hit play on the soundtrack. And I think you'll be good to go for a while!

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Dirty Martini


ice cubes 2 ounces Double Cross vodka 4 to 5 teaspoons olive brine green olives, for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Add vodka and olive brine; shake.

  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives.