Sweet meets sour in this fun, play on two of Easter’s most common basket mates: the jelly bean and the peep (or in this case, the marshmallow bunny).
Blending a hint of vodka (okay, way more than a hint) with tangy jelly beans makes this jelly bean martini recipe go down smooth and easy and no need to call the dentist to remove all the sticky bits.
You already know that I’m a huge fan of infused vodka, blueberry pie martini anyone? But I’ve also got a soft spot for sour things: rhubarb, lemons, limes, sour patch kids and lemon heads just to name a few. So I thought hey, why not make a pretty pastel colored martini out of my favorite jelly beans (Sweet Tart Jelly Beans – and yes, dear company you can send me a truckload – thank you)?
Okay, so jelly beans aren’t fruit and these probably don’t even have fruit juice in them. But they’re round and if you soak them in vodka you get their pucker power and that boring clear vodka turns a pretty pastel color that’s perfect for your Easter table setting. Or, since I garnished mine with a marshmallow peep, er bunny, I like to call this a grown up Easter basket. No kiddies allowed.
Yes, you can use any jelly beans you like for this infused vodka recipe, but I recommend using the jelly beans that have stronger flavors. If you feel like living on the edge a little, you can even mix your beans to give your martini recipe a more complex flavor. So who’s going to be hitting the stores for some jelly beans (and those after holiday sales when the candy is half off) to make this pretty infused vodka recipe?
In light of the Easter holiday, I thought that I would give you a break from the sarcastic relationship advice and leave you with another graph to ponder. I think we can all agree that bunnies are cute and rats aren’t, but when it all gets boiled down to its most simplistic points…is everything really as it seems?
Recipe: Jelly Bean Martini (Jelly Bean Infused Vodka)
Summary: Why not make a grown up Easter basket this year? A jelly bean martini made with jelly bean infused vodka is as delicious as it is pretty.
- 1/4 Cup Single Flavor of Jelly Beans (heaping cup)
- 1 Cup of Vodka
- Peeps (or marshmallow bunnies)
- Food Coloring
- In a glass jar, add the jelly beans and vodka.
- Cover and shake the jar vigorously and set aside.
- Keep shaking the jelly bean/vodka jar every few hours.
- Let sit overnight.
- Using a funnel and dampened coffee filter, filter the infused vodka into a new jar. (wetting the filter before putting it into the funnel and straining allows you to retain more of the vodka).
- Place strained vodka into the refrigerator to chill.
- Pour desired amount of infused vodka into a chilled and sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a Peep and serve.
- As an alternative, you can mix 1 part jelly bean infused vodka with 1/2 part Chambord. Mix, pour and serve in the same method.
- I also found that this infused vodka tastes pretty good if you add it to lemon lime soda. I don’t have a measurement guide for this because it really would be to taste.
To make colored sugar. Pour 1/8 cup of granulated sugar into a zip top bag. Add 1 drop of desired color food coloring into the bag as well. Seal the top of the bag and shake.
Cooking time (duration):
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: cocktail
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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