Summer Spa Martini
a cocktail recipe
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After infusing gin with the Summer Spa Day blend of hibiscus, lavender, and rosemary, you have a vibrant and flavorful base spirit for this martini. Adding just a bit of maraschino liqueur to a traditional martini recipe provides a hint of sweetness.
TIME (ACTIVE) | 5 M
TIME (INACTIVE) | 4 H
TOTAL | 4 H 5 M
| 4 oz cocktail
GLASS JAR WITH LID
COCKTAIL MIXING GLASS
JULEP STRAINER (OR HAWTHORNE STRAINER)
(Makes: 4 ounces total liquid per cocktail (after dilution with ice); 8 ounces infused gin)
Add 1 tablespoon Summer Spa Day herbal blend to a glass jar and cover it with 8 ounces of gin. Close with a lid, shake, then let sit for up to four hours.
Line a funnel with cheesecloth. Pour contents of infusion through cheesecloth into a clean glass jar or bottle, straining out the herbs. Discard herbs.
Add 2 1/2 ounces infused gin, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, and 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur to a cocktail mixing glass. Add ice to fill mixing glass about halfway. Using a bar spoon, stir along the outer edge of the mixing glass for approximately 30 seconds to chill the cocktail.
Double-strain (using both a julep strainer and a fine-mesh strainer) into a martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Maraschino liqueur is a specialty cocktail ingredient usually found in the "liqueurs and cordials" section of a liquor store. It is a clear liquid - it is not the same thing as the thick, dark syrup that is in a jar of Luxardo maraschino cherries.
This recipe uses a classic 5:1 ratio of gin:vermouth. Some people prefer more vermouth in their martinis. Adjust the ratio to your personal taste.
spice blend collab
This blend of hibiscus, lavender, and rosemary brings the flavors of a summer garden right to your pantry. Between the antioxidants in the hibiscus and the calming properties of lavender and rosemary, you’ll feel like you just had a spa day every time you use it.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
• Steep in hot water to make an herbal tisane
• Steep in a 1:1 sugar:water mixture to make a flavored simple syrup you can use in cocktails, mocktails, or even drizzled over ice cream
• Infuse clear spirits such as gin, vodka, or rum for vibrant color and additional flavor
• Simmer in a saucepan of water on low heat for aromatherapy