Saturday, January 2, 2010

Naughty and Nice Virgin Martini

A little bit sweet, a little bit sour...this little martini can be served virgin and it tastes great, or add a little vodka and get naughty.

1/4 cup vanilla scented simple syrup (see recipe below)
1/4 cup lemon, lime, orange juice
2/3 cup tonic water
2 tbsp grenadine
1/2 cup ice

Vanilla-Orange Scented Simple Syrup

Boil the peel of 1 orange in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Remove peel from water, Bring to a simmer, add 1 and 1/2 cups sugar and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Simmer for 15 minutes,stirring until sugar is dissolves. Set aside and refrigerate before use for serving.

While the simple syrup is boiling, juice 3 lemons, 2 oranges, and 3 limes. Strain completely for pulp and seeds and chill in fridge for later use.Slice 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange for garnishes and set aside for decorating the glass.Pour 1/4 cup sugar on a plate for rimming the glass. Get creative by using colored sugars.Take a lemon wedge and rub the edge of your martini glass lightly, dip martini rim insugar to rim the glass. Pour 2 tbsp grenadine in bottom of glass. In a martini shaker add vanilla simple syrup, lemon/lime/orange juice, and tonic water.Give it a few martini shakes, and serve it straight up in a decorated glass. Add a final touch of one lemon, one lime, and one orange slice to the glass **see picture in blog for idea**

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