First off, stick your martini glasses in the freezer. It’s okay if they are only in there for 30 minutes or so. Chill ’em! Start by stuffing your olives and placing them bowls. I found that using the back end of a spoon or a tiny cocktail fork aided in filling the olives – it will be slightly messy though.
You can leave the olives separate in the bowls, but the best dirty martini must have THREE olives, so I suggest skewering them on a bamboo skewer or tiny toothpick to make it easy for people to grab. If you want to roll any of the olives in the crushed red pepper flakes, roll them first, then skewer them.
Everyone likes their martinis a little different, but I love the combo of about 2 ounces of gin, almost 1 full ounce of olive brine (OMG) and a few drops of dry vermouth – maybe a little less than half an ounce. Shake the gin, brine and vermouth in a shaker with ice then pour into your frosty martini glass. Drop in a skewer of olives and you’re good to go!