Here are my two suggestions for Valentine’s Day martinis. No, I didn’t include a chocolate raspberry one; I figured that was so obvious. Though, if I make one, I’ll try to photograph it for a later post. 😉
The nice thing about both of these martinis is that both have lots of vitamin C, so they will help you stay healthy! Also, they use some of the citrus fruits that are so plentiful right now.
A note on vodka: I think it is really worth the extra expense to get a good vodka. I love Grey Goose; it’s smooth and doesn’t have that harsh aftertaste that some vodkas can leave you with. If you want to experiment with flavored vodkas, Goose has many, and again, I’d go with a good vodka. I have my bother-in-law, Dave, to thank for knowing about Grey Goose.
I like to garnish my martini glasses with a sugared rim. You can make lemon sugar or orange sugar by combining zest and sugar. Or, use Sugar in the Raw for a pretty look.
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- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 ¼ oz citron vodka (plain vodka will also work)
- Bring sugar, water, rosemary, and lemon zest to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and remove from heat; let stand for 20 minutes. Strain, discarding solids, and refrigerate syrup.
- Combine chilled syrup, lemon juice, and vodka. Pour over ice in a martini shaker. Shake until really cold. Strain into martini glass or old-fashioned glass, and garnish with small sprig of rosemary or a lemon twist, if desired.
- This one takes a little prep time, but it’s worth it. Also, I like to mix 3 teaspoons of the lemon rosemary syrup into club soda for a non-alcoholic beverage. The syrup makes more than you'll need for 1 martini.
- 1 ¼ oz orange vodka (plain vodka will also work)
- ¾ oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- 2 ½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass or an old-fashioned glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.