Mezcal has long been a beloved spirit as well as a popular cocktail ingredient that has now brought new life to the classic Dirty Martini.

Bartender and Mezcal El Silencio Brand Ambassador Federico Lozano shares his take on a new and improved smoky Dirty Martini.

Federico Lozano sampling

Federico Lozano

What’s in an El Silencio Dirty Martini and what inspired the drink?

My Mezcal Dirty Martini consists of Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, vodka, olive juice, jalapeno tincture and olives. Experimenting and wanting to try something new inspired the drink. It’s like oysters with mezcal. It’s so good, but not many people have tried it yet. This is a drink that people will love once they give it a try.

What does mezcal bring to the classic Dirty Martini?

Mezcal pairs well with the brine, and makes the drink rounder and more interesting.

Is any particular ingredient key?

Yes—the Castelvetrano olive juice has a really specific flavor that I really like for Dirty Martinis and that complements the profile of the mezcal.

We’ve heard of a Dirty Oaxacan, which substitutes mezcal for vodka, but you didn’t do that. Your drink calls for mezcal and vodka. Why did you do that?

So it would still be considered a Martini. I just wanted to make it better.

Have you tried gin instead of vodka in your El Silencio Dirty Martini? 

I have not, but you just gave me a really good idea.

Dirty Mezcal Martini, bottle and cocktail with garnish

Dirty Mezcal Martini

El Silencio Dirty Martini


  • 1.5 oz. Mezcal El Silencio Espadin
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • .75 oz. Castelvetrano Olive Juice
  • 1 dash Jalapeño Tincture (Optional)
  • 3 Castelvetrano Olives (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine spirits, olive juice and jalapeño tincture in a small cocktail shaker, and give it a good shake with ice. Fine strain it into a coupe glass, and garnish with olives.