Sunday, May 27, 2012

Treat your vodka with some respect. Give it the royal treatment....



Raspberries are in season at the farmers market and they are tender, juicy and full of the promise of summer ... Bursting with the sweet taste of sunshine. Yep I'm a fan of the raspberry. But like most summer fruits they are temperamental, unpredictable and inconsistent....Just like a rare and good woman. They will either make you smile from ear to ear or pucker with disgust.

However, my recipe for a Raspberry Martini will tame the sweet or sour fruit.

Ingredients:

1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
1 cup Bakers sugar
1 cup water
1/2 to 1 lemon
3/4 cup vodka
Ice

Make a simple syrup by pouring the water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Once the syrup reaches to a boil,  pour in the raspberries and turn off the heat.

Let the raspberries steep in the syrup for at least 20 minutes while it cools. Once the syrup had cooled separate the fruit from the simple syrup. Reserve both.

Place the fruit in a strainer and gently press the cooked fruit to eliminate the seeds. What's left is pure raspberry and its the base of the martini.

Next? The magic begins. Take a martini shaker and fill 3/4 of the way up with ice. Then, pour 4 tablespoons of the pure raspberry, 1/2 the juice of the lemon, a half a cup of the raspberry simple syrup and finally the vodka with a splash of water. Shake ...shake some more. Taste and adjust as needed with any of the ingredients. Then pour into chilled martini glasses. Enjoy responsibly.

Remember... Cooking with love makes any recipe taste better.

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