In honor of the return of the best show ever (in my opinion anyway) I thought I'd post about a favorite cocktail we've been whipping up this summer. Now I know there are purists who will say that just because you add "-tini" to the end of a word it doesn't make it a true Martini. Fine, it's a ginger, vodka and lime cocktail served in a martini glass. We first sampled this drink at The Walnut Creek Yacht Club (where there is neither water nor yachts) and loved it. Naturally I set about figuring out how to make them at home. I pretty much follow a recipe I found on the Food Network site except I use a lot more ginger in the simple syrup. I made these the other day and let the mixture sit for awhile in the cocktail shaker before adding some ice and shaking it. I really liked the way the flavors had blended - I think I'll be doing it that way in the future.
Zentini (Ginger Martini)
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. ginger syrup (recipe follows)
1 sprig fresh mint
juice from half a lime
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some crushed ice and shake to combine.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
4 cups water
2 cups sugar*
good sized piece of ginger (4-5") - original recipe calls for peeling and slicing into coins - I either grate it or shred it in the food processor and use all the pulp it creates PLUS the juice
Combine the water, sugar and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook at a simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain into a glass bottle and let it cool before you use it. I like to use these bottles from IKEA.
*I would love to try making this someday with stevia but haven't attempted it yet
I love the glass cocktail shaker in the picture. My husband picked it up one day at a shop in San Francisco while killing time between meetings. Mind you, we don't make many cocktails but it is still a pretty piece to look at on the shelf. He also picked this up for me one day:
Really not sure what to make of THAT message but it is pretty funny. My life isn't one in which I encounter a lot of flask-necessitating situations (read: never) but damned if I won't be ready for it if the needs arises. Cheers and glad to have you back Don and Betty - oh how I've missed you.