this is my newest martini recipe that i guarantee will make you feel glamourous, refreshed, clean and ready for more:
cucumber citron martini
2 shots absolut citron vodka
introduction of dry vermouth
1 cucumber stick or thin slice of cucumber, halved - if you want to be fancy, peel alternating strips off cucumber first, but totally peeled is also good
1 slim curl or strip of lemon zest
super fine granulated sugar for the rim
1 martini glass or short hard ball glass
this is what you do:
first, pour your fine sugar onto a teacup saucer for rimming later…(rimshot), and prepare your lemon zest and cucumber garnish.
it’s nice to have put your cocktail shaker and glass in the freezer for a bit before hand, but it’s not necessary. fill cocktail shaker a third with ice, then pour in vodka.
now i like to only introduce the vermouth to the vodka with just a dash of the stuff, but you can use up to a quarter or third of a shot and still hold your head up high as a martini drinker. shake swiftly for 20-30 seconds, then quickly prepare glass.
to prepare glass, first rub the cucumber stick or half slice around the rim firmly, then also lightly rub the zest around the rim on top and set aside. now dunk the rim into the saucer of sugar so that a thin fine coating of sugar is around the rim. drop the zest and cucumber garnish into glass, and you’re ready - do this really quickly as you don’t want the ice melting into the vodka.
now give the shaker another quick violent shake and pour into glass from a height, being careful not to splash the rim and ruin your handiwork.
normally, you might garnish a martini after, but it’s important to drop the garnish in first, before the pour, so the bruised, (due to the rimming…nudge, nudge), flavours the martini as it’s poured. of course, this formula can be doubled, tripled or whatever, just make sure to never increase the ice to more than half a shaker full, as vodka melts ice fast and you don’t EVER want a watery martini.
now drink it down and repeat and you shouldn’t have too bad of a hangover if you sip it and keep it to four or under….not saying that’s what i would do, but depends on how sophisticated or punk you wanna be about it.
like most queens, i can do both…but however you can manage it, drink up!
(of course, always responsibly… and take a cab or walk & don’t forget to practice safe sex and you’ll live to drink another day.)
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