We are in the thick of the holiday season and it is definitely time for a drink! Our tree is trimmed (*sort of*), we have been streaming the Christmas station from Pandora for days and have found ourselves enjoying several cups of Wassail Punch as we try to stay warm at night.
Yesterday we took a rare moment and forget about HORNE as we spent the day doing a little Christmas shopping. Feet tired and wallets empty, we arrived home only to find our Wassail ingredients had been tapped out. As luck would have it, liquid help arrived in the form of an email from the talented Australian, Jacinta Moore. You may be familiar with the lovely lass through her stunning photos of the Cinque Terre. If not, you are in for a real visual and (after you make the drink) tasty treat today. Jacinta has whipped up a delicious Rose Martini to calm all your holiday nerves.
Alissa, previously not a huge martini fan, is a convert after just one experience with this drink. Last night we sipped our martini’s — Alissa’s a rose, mine gin — as we curled up on the couch and watched Love Actually. Great to forget about all of the holiday stress for a short while. Now, what to get Alissa’s dad for Christmas? A book on building trebuchets?!? On to Jacinta’s recipe . . . — Ryan + Alissa
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Truth be told, I’ve always thought martinis to be a little bit silly — always with the tasting like petrol and the constantly spilling everywhere in those silly glasses. But then a certain Rose Martini came along and, my, times have changed. I like these! A lot! In fact, I’m drinking one as I type (and will probably be again as you read this, too)!
For this recipe, I used some great homemade vodka from the wonderful people at Laundry Liquor (handmade by the two lovelies Gem and Caitlin), to which I added a vanilla bean and left [it] to infuse for a few days. You could do that too, or buy your vodka already infused, or even just use plain ‘ol vodka! The white crème de cacao adds a slight chocolate and vanilla flavor, which really helps to mellow down the vodka, while the rosewater adds sweetness and that subtle rose flavor. Rosewater (also called rose syrup) is often used in Indian and Middle Eastern desserts and is available from any good supermarket. Really, though, this recipe sounds and tastes more fancy than it actually is. It’s quite easy to make! See?
- 1 1/2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. white crème de cacao
- 1/4 oz. rosewater
- small pieces of Turkish delight or rose petals to garnish
- 1 drop rose food color
1. Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice!
2. Add your liquids!
Jacinta Moore is a freelance photographer and stylist based in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a gardener, a baker, a blogger and a student. She recently returned from six months of studying and traveling in Europe. Be sure to check out her Etsy site, too!