Get fancy with this beautiful fall martini
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.
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?
- A cocktail shaker
- 2 martini glasses
- 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
- Fill the martini glasses with ice and water and set aside.
- Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
- Using a jigger, measure the vodka, basil syrup, and pomegranate juice into the shaker. Squeeze in the lime. Shake well.
- 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:
- Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved completely, then remove from heat.
- 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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