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Fauxtini

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I know it’s been a week, a whole seven days, since I’ve last seen you. Are you ok? I dunno if I am… I’ve been busy doing things, and stuff, and more things. But I’m back, and with good timing! I’ve had something hangin’ out in my closet for a couple of weeks now. Don’t be afraid, it’s kinda neat, different, and tasty. Wanna see?

This is how it looked when I started, two weeks ago.
Look at how the strawberries turned almost white! (Two weeks later)

I’ve been infusing vodka with strawberries and rosemary. Not having many strawberries to start with, but I figured these three giant ones would do the trick. Who wants a martini??

Starting off, I’m in the “vodka martinis aren’t really martinis” club. Which is why this recipe isn’t a true vodka martini… and I like to break the rules. Also, note that the vodka isn’t sweetened with anything; it’s infused with the strawberry and rosemary essence, but has not picked up any of the sugars from the berries themselves. If you’d like things to be on the sweet side, feel free to whip up some simple syrup and add it in!

Ingredients for vodka
  • Vodka (Don’t get the $5 plastic jug, but don’t buy the $30 fancy bottle either. Something in the middle.)
  • Berries (use whatever you’d like: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries. Any berry will work well with the rosemary.) The amount here is up to you as well. As I said earlier, I only had three strawberries left. The more berries you use, the more flavor you will achieve from them.
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
Instructions for vodka
  1. Being the “free spirit” that I am, I didn’t measure the amount of vodka. But I used a 32oz jar, and filled it a little more than 3/4.
  2. Add berries and rosemary, and close the lid. Store jar in a cool, dark place for two weeks.

…Now let’s make some drinks!

Ingredients for martini
  • Vermouth
  • Strawberry-rosemary vodka
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Fill shaker with ice, and pour in a splash of vermouth. Shake, and pour out excess vermouth. The idea here is to just coat the ice with the vermouth (I think I learned that from Alton Brown, but I can’t quite remember.).
  2. Pour in 2oz of strawberry-rosemary vodka, and lime juice. Shake, and pour into martini glass.

This martini is fresh, light, aromatic, and tart.


Have a few of those and you’ll forget all about my absence. 😉


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  1. Alexandra says:

    What a great idea! I wonder if this will work with kiwi…