December 28, 2011

Cock....! Tails

If you're looking for an unique and delicious martini, search no more! Introducing, Fleur de Winter. The ingredients are a little obscure, but nothing you couldn't find at a specialty bar store such as Bar Keeper in Silver Lake, or Surfas in Culver City (if you're anything like me, you will end up spending way too much money and time here). You will need: a quality dry gin such as Bombay Sapphire or Hendrick's, rose or Peychaud's bitters (I prefer rose to amp of the floral flavor), limes, Rose syrup such a Monin or T.G. Kiat and Co., and whole cardamom.



Grind down the cardamom with a mortar and pestle until it is powdered (you can buy it this way, but the flavor is way less intense). Drop an 8th of a teaspoon into a cocktail shaker. Next, using a cocktail jigger, add one part fresh lime juice to the shaker. Add 2 parts rose syrup, and 2 parts gin. Drop in 2 dashes of bitters, and fill the shaker about half way with ice. Half of what makes a good martini is the shaking process- shake long and hard as hell- the point is to get minuscule flakes of ice chipped into your drink so that the martini is nice and frozen on top, and the ingredients are well blended. Using a superfine colander, drain your drink through it and directly into a chilled martini glass.
There you have a Fleur de Winter. Drink up! Cheers!!


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