A Perfect Martini for the Season
By Veronica Rinaldi
It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s hot, it’s cold, it’s autumn in New Mexico.
It’s a warm autumn evening and I want a fresh seasonal martini.
When I think fall, I think apples, pumpkin, and pomegranate. I like my pumpkin in pie or soup, so I’ll stick to apple and pomegranate for my cocktails.
I found Dusk in Eden on aboutfood.com, and it’s a nice fruity spin on an apple martini. Combining the natural sweetness of apple juice (instead of an apple schnapps), muddled pomegranate, simple syrup, and a vodka base, the cocktail doesn’t overwhelm you with sweetness.
It is debated whether vodka was originally distilled in Russia in the ninth century or Poland in the eighth. Either way, it didn’t hit the American bar until the mid-1900s, becoming a staple for long business lunches because of its lack of odor.
Any vodka will work in this drink. I picked a simple, wheat-based vodka that fit into my budget.
Simple syrup can be purchased as well, though a homemade version is very easy. I add one cup sugar in one cup hot water and stir until dissolved. This can be kept in the refrigerator until needed.
September to February is pomegranate season in the northern hemisphere. Pomegranates are a bit messy, but the flavor they add is worth the fuss.
Finally, I can’t stress the use of real apple juice enough. The rich apple flavor counters the tangy pomegranate so well. Try to find a quality filtered apple juice for this drink. An unfiltered juice will lead to a cloudy cocktail, and though it would still be delicious, it wouldn’t be the same beautiful sunset color.
As always, drink responsibly and have a great cocktail adventure.
Dusk in Eden Cocktail
1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. apple juice
1 large slice of pomegranate (about 1 heaping tablespoon arils)
Dash of simple syrup
Pomegranate arils to garnish
Muddle together the pomegranate and syrup in a mixing glass or shaker tin. If you don’t have a muddler you can use the handle of a mixing spoon.
Add the vodka and juice, and fill with ice.
Stir or shake well, and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with pomegranate arils and enjoy!