Ginger Lime Martini
There are some days that I wish my life had a soundtrack, God knows I don’t need a laugh track because 1 – they sound fake and 2 – it would be incessantly going off with all the stupid things that go on in my life. But a soundtrack would be pretty bad ass. I’m pretty sure that most people, within earshot of it would find it annoying, but at some point it might save them. Consider this, I’m in a really foul mood, you come up to me to tell me what a crappy week you’ve had because you know that I’m the type of person that will listen and help you work through it. Not today, cause I’m in my own personal hell, but you don’t know that. But if I had a soundtrack, once you came within earshot you would hear something like Enter Sandman, by Metallica. Upon hearing this you’d keep walking by with a simple wave of your hand or talk to me, but realize I’m not going to be much help to you today. Of course on the days I’m feeling hot and wearing cool clothes you’d hear something like The Cure’s Love Cats. Goofy mood gets something by The Go-Go’s. You get the idea.
I suppose this sour mood of mine is to blame for my tangy and spicy cravings today. So I thought I’d throw them both together for this ginger lime martini. You can’t really call this a ginger martini or a lime martini because each one of the flavors is equally represented in this drink. You first get the citrusy tang of the lime in your mouth. Once you swallow, you feel that exciting spicy little tingle in the back of your throat from the ginger. That little tingle almost gives the martini an effervescence.
The recipe calls for using a citrus vodka. Instead of using the usual lemon vodka, I wanted to add another citrus flavor that would help counter balance the sourness of the limes so I use some Belvedere orange vodka. Orange plays really nicely with both lime and ginger so I knew that it would be the perfect accompaniment to these two flavors.
By combining these flavors, you don’t get the overt spiciness that sometimes you get with a ginger martini and a lime martini sometimes can end up tasting like a strange margarita. Although this is a fantastic vodka martini recipe, for those who are looking for something that tastes just as good without the alcohol you could make this and substitute a citrus flavored carbonated water for the vodka.
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Recipe: Ginger Lime Martini
- 1 Lime (quartered)
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar (divided)
- 1/2 Cup Citrus Flavored Vodka
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 Teaspoons Freshly Grated (peeled) Ginger
- Slice into a piece of the ginger and run it around the rim of each martini glass.
- Pour 3 tablespoons of the sugar onto a plate and dip wetted rims into the sugar.
- Place the lime quarters, 1 tablespoon sugar, vodka, lime juice and ginger into a cocktail shaker.
- Using a muddler, or the end of a wooden spoon, mash all of the ingredients until the lime wedges are good and crushed.
- Add ice to the shaker, cover and shake well.
- Strain into sugar rimmed glasses.
This recipe came from one of my older Bon Appetit magazines.
You could garnish this drink with a lime wheel or a curl of ginger.
While the recipe calls for citrus vodka, I used orange vodka but you could also use lemon or lime flavored vodkas. For a non-alcoholic version of this drink, substitute citrus flavored carbonated water for the vodka.
Cooking time (duration): 5 Minutes
Number of servings (yield): 2
Meal type: cocktail