Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Caprese Martini

It has been a heck of a few days at work again, I am beginning to think that it will never calm down.  Well that isn't unexpected business usually picks up this time of year and keeps going until the holidays are past so I imagine things will continue to get busier.  I can handle it though I have a new secret weapon ...

If you follow this blog you know that I have spent a fair amount of time this summer messing with my hooch.  Infusing vodka has been quite a bit of fun.  I have learned a couple of things too.  First, vodka can take on flavors of many fruits, vegetables and aromatics.  Second, you only get to try a new martini recipe once (maybe twice) in a day then the experiment gets a out of hand.  This one is by far my favorite from the summer! I started with basil infused vodka.

The vodka was easy, about 2 cups of vodka with a good stem of basil (7 or 8 leaves) let them "steep" for 3 or 4 days.  Once that is ready you just need set it up. Take about a third of a cup of your basil infused vodka, a splash of dry vermouth and a splash of lemon juice and put them into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
shake away and pour into a martini glass.  I took a couple of grape tomatoes and put them on a bamboo skewer then froze them to use as a garnish, along with a sprig of fresh basil.  That is all there is to it, this one tastes like summer in a glass.

Come home from the crappiest  day of work and shake this baby up and you can relax a bit, at least until the kiddos start the yelling.


  1. I'll have one! Those peppers and tomatoes on your previous post are a must do in this household. We need to keep the winter "bears" happy.


  2. Yum! I'd come over for a cocktail like that!

    The last time I infused a vodka it got really cloudy and ended up 'funky' tasting. Have you ever ran into that problem Bryan? I'm thinking I let it steep too long, or maybe some things just don't steep well.

  3. Yes! I will take on too please! I have not tried infusing vodka before (the most I do with vodka is add it to my pie cruts!) But I would love to give it a try, as I'm sure it makes a lovely drink. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  4. Wow Bryan, that sounds fantastic! With summer poking it's head around the corner and the silly season approaching, I'll be trying this for sure!!
    BTW I finally popped your package in the post. Sorry for the delay, should be hitting your shores in about 10 days x

  5. Dana... I don't know if i did anything different than you this was just a branch of basil in an old vinegar bottle. When it was food and cold it had a great savory flavor to it.

    This is a great summer drink Camilla! I am so looking forward to your package... I considered that you may be thinking that I was running some Nigerian Vegemite scam and were just waiting for my envelope to arrive.

  6. I need this after work :-) And basil is easily available here ...

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  7. ha,haa Bryan- no I just got delayed with work and then when I remembered it was evening etc.. Me being me, I have enclosed instructions on how to eat the big V. The first time has to be the best!