A Fun Summertime Drink!
I’m known for creating a “signature drink” for all of my parties. If I’m out at a restaurant and they have a martini menu, I pour over it looking for some tasty concoction that I might be able to plagiarize and make for an upcoming event. I call this “R & D.” You might think that stands for Research & Development. I guess you could call it that…… or Rip-off & Duplicate! However you want to look at it, with a bit of knowledge as to what the ingredients are in a drink, I can form my own delicious version to share with my friends. I can’t tell you how many drink menus I’ve snapped pictures of, so I can recreate my own tasty drinks.
Recently, I created the Berry Delicious martini for my girlfriends at our monthly Bunko. It was refreshing and perfect for summer.
I chose to “sugar” the rim, because I always love it with fruity martinis- not to mention, it looks so much more festive and fun! You can make your own sugar, or take the easy way out! I recently found some really nice colored and flavored sugars at Home Goods, in the section where they keep all the food items. The colors are crisp and fun, and it’s a lot easier than mixing food coloring in with the sugar at home. (Also cheaper, and better than the ones you find at a liquor store. They seem to not clump up as much.)
If you are entertaining a large group, and want Martinis as your signature drink, use my trick to make up large batches. Make up some of the martini ahead of time, freeze some of it in small round plastic containers and/or in ice cube trays. (if desired, put some blueberries or blackberries into the ice cube trays so they look nice as they melt.) Then for the event, put the martini mix in a big drink dispenser, or a punch bowl, and use the frozen martini cubes to keep it cold without watering down your delicious concoction!
Berry Delicious Martini Recipe
I don’t make my martinis really strong. I’d rather people have fun and enjoy the drink – than get intoxicated and act like idiots. You can make yours stronger if you want. Most martini’s you get out are primarily the alcohol, with just a splash of the juice for flavor…… adjust as you see fit.
I chill all the ingredients ahead of time, and actually put my alcohol directly into the freezer for a day or so ahead, so it’s frosty cold!
1 Part blueberry or raspberry flavored vodka
1/4 Part triple sec
2-3 Parts Blueberry Lemonade (I use Simply Lemonade with Blueberry)
1/4 Part Simple Syrup (optional)
Put all ingredients in a martini shaker and shake, or if making a larger batch, put in a pitcher drink dispenser or punch bowl. Stir, and add the ice you made with the martini mix to keep it cold.
Pour into martini glasses that have had the rims “sugared.”
Garnish with 4 or 5 blueberries on a toothpick, or just throw 3 or 4 berries into the bottom of your martini glass.
Another pretty garnish is a fresh cherry when they are in season.