Sunday, January 1, 2012

Blood Orange Martini time!

In the beginning, there was the Martini. Okay...that isn't quite true. But, what is true.... is my Martini recipes started out as a party-time-past time and now has become a full blown creative outlet much to my family and friends delight.

I prefer seasonal martinis made with fresh fruit juices, simple syrups, a hint of creativity and healthy dose of courage. This month's recipe ... Blood Orange Martini.
If you haven't tried blood oranges... think of combing the sweetness of a navel orange with the tartness of a raspberry or cranberry. The flesh has a distinctive red color and blood oranges are small in size and very, very juicy. Blood oranges are perfect for salad dressings, sauces and ... Martinis! Here's the recipe:

Blood Orange Martini
3 blood oranges - 1 for zesting and 2 for juicing
1/4 cup of blood orange simple syrup (see recipe below)
3/4 cup of Grey Goose Vodka (unflavored)
1/8 cup of ice cold water

In a large martini shaker fill with ice, vodka ,cooled simple syrup, fresh blood orange juice and finish with ice cold water. The water simply cuts the intensity of the vodka. Shake until outside of the martini shaker is ice cold. Pour a small amount of the martini into a teaspoon to taste. Perfection? Pour into chilled martini glasses.
Perfection... Not so much? Adjust by pouring a tablespoon of simple syrup or fresh juice to taste.

Blood Orange Simple Syrup
1 Blood orange
1 Cup of Baker's Sugar
1 Cup of tap water

Place the water, sugar and strips of blood orange zest in a saucepan and heat on medium-high until the mixture starts to boil and the sugar is dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the burner and set aside. Let the syrup cool completely before incorporating into the vodka shaker. What happens if you don't wait? The simple syrup will melt the ice and the martini will resist becoming ice cold.

Enjoy! And remember, cooking with love (and vodka) makes every recipe tastes better.