Thursday, March 6, 2008

My New Favorite Cocktail

I recently discovered this drink one night at 820/ Mint and then later I was in Barnes and Noble and saw that Lucy Brennen, the owner and renowned mixologist had published a book, Hip Sips, and my cocktail was in there! This makes for a very strong cocktail (ie. very dangerous) but so nicely balanced. I slightly modified the recipe to cut down the vodka slightly.

In the book this was called 816, named after the restaurants address. The sucess in making this is seeking out some quality passion fruit puree.

2 oz citron vodka (get the good stuff)
1/4 oz Harlequin (or Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
1 oz Lemon-Lime juice (equal parts fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices)
1 oz simple syrup (equal parts of sugar and water brought to a boil and cooled down)
2 Tbs Passion Fruit Puree

Put all ingredients in a pint glass with ice cubes, cover with a cocktail shaker and vigorously shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and serve.

To make your own Passion Fruit Puree: press 2 passion fruits worth of pulp through a sieve. Combine with 2 tbs of sugar, 1 tbs of water and 2 tsp of lemon juice in a blender. May need a little more sugar or lemon juice. Use immediately or freeze.

This book has inspired me to try more cocktails... certainly more to come!

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