Monday, December 13, 2010

Ruby Slipper Martini


Tis the season for pomegranates, and beautiful shades of red.  This is exactly why when I was deciding what type of drink to create I wanted to include the striking red fruit.  Now, I know there are many variations of pomegranate martinis, but this one was not going to be strictly pomegranate, it would contain another fruit that is plentiful this time of year, orange!  The orange would serve to sweeten a little more than the pomegranate would on its own, and balance out the flavor.  I decided to use bourbon in this drink, because to me bourbon is a warming liquor, and it goes well with citrus and things that are slightly tart. My Mom always made hot toddies, and grapefruit sours from bourbon in the winter, and I guess I think of it as being a good base for a winter drink!  The finished martini was beautiful as well as delicious.  Its red color cheery and bright, and its flavor delicious sweet and slightly tart, very smooth on the tongue.  But what to call this concoction?  I decided on the "Ruby Slipper".  So make yourself one, click your heels 3 times, repeat the phrase "there is no place like home" and prepare to relax... 


Ruby Slipper Martini

Makes 1

4-6 large ice cubes
3 oz Maker's Mark bourbon
2 oz pomegranate juice
1 1/2 oz orange juice
pomegranate seeds

In a martini shaker add the ice, bourbon, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended.  Place pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a chilled martini glass. Pour drink through a strainer over seeds, and serve!

7 comments:

Felice said...

I am ready for one of these right about now. This look delicious and festive.

Lizzy said...

Such a beautiful drink, Amy!! Perfect for the holidays~

Amy Bakes Everything said...

Love this! Definitely need one after getting my Santa work done!

motherrimmy said...

Now that's what I call a festive drink!

Sandra said...

Striking!

Trix said...

My mom never drank much, but when she did it was either a champagne cocktail or a ruby slipper. One drink knocked her out!! I, however, was blessed with a much stronger constitution ... I am bookmarking this one.

katie said...

This looks divine! Loving the martini recipes.