Mixed drinks are a tricky one for me. I love to try new cocktails, but they can’t be too sweet, too strong, include anything coconut flavored….or blue in color. A good martini is hard to find. Especially when you have a husband who is a master mixologist. Kevin pours a good martini.
Each holiday season we make a new martini. With many tweaks and adjustments (which requires multiple nights of taste testing) Kevin gets it just right. Then we hope we remember the exact proportions and have our friends sample it.
The martini of 2011 was a good one, one that has some staying power: the Ginger Pear Martini. It is smooth, crisp and refreshing. It starts with pear flavored vodka, a little ginger liqueur, some fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake it up with ice, pour in a martini glass, add a garnish of lemon and enjoy.
I’m not sure what this holiday season will bring, but I’m looking forward to testing the options.
- 2 oz Absolut Pears Vodka
- ½ oz Domaine De Canton French Ginger Liqueur
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously to mix.
- Strain into martini glass and add a lemon twist garnish.