Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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.