Get fancy with this beautiful fall martini

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It's no secret we like a good happy hour in this household! So when I saw a pair of beautiful martini glasses in the box of kitchen products to use and review for AOL Lifestyle's 2016 Food Awards, I gave a little cheer. And I knew just the drink to make!

I started by making a basil simple syrup to get that basil flavor into the martini and add some sweetness. It was so easy! I combined a half of a cup of water, half of a cup of sugar, and a big sprig of fresh basil in a small saucepan. I brought the mixture to a boil and stirred it while the sugar dissolved completely, then turned off the heat, popped the lid on it, and let it sit for 30 minutes. After a half an hour, I strained the basil out and was left with the infused syrup. I let it cool and popped it into the fridge until happy hour. (Side: How cute is that pumpkin silicone bowl cover? Another product from the box that I loved!)


When happy hour rolled around, I set up my ingredients at the bar. I learned from my years of being a cocktail waitress that it's smart to chill your martini glasses first, so I filled them with ice and water and let them sit while I mixed the drinks.

Juliska Amalia Martini Glass This Juliska martini glass has a 6 ounce capacity and is the perfect touch to any sophisticated gathering. 

Cover any pot or pan with this silicon lid to let your dish simmer in style. 

I gave the shaker a shake-shake-shake, dumped the ice water out of the martini glasses, and poured our beautiful martinis. I garnished the glasses with a slice of lime, which ended up floating in the drinks. Aren't they gorgeous?

Recipe:
Martinis:

  • A cocktail shaker
  • 2 martini glasses
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces good vodka, such as Belvedere
  • 1.5 ounces basil simple syrup* (recipe follows)
  • 1.5 ounces pomegranate juice*
  • Juice of one small lime
  • Lime slices for garnish

Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch basil

    Directions:

Martinis:

  1. Fill the martini glasses with ice and water and set aside.
  2. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Using a jigger, measure the vodka, basil syrup, and pomegranate juice into the shaker. Squeeze in the lime. Shake well.
  4. Dump the ice water from the martini glasses. Pour the martini through a strainer evenly between the two glasses and garnish with the lime slices.

Basil Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved completely, then remove from heat.
  3. Allow to steep for 30 minutes, then strain the basil leaves out and use in your tasty basil pomegranate lime martinis. Cheers!


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