Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pam's Spa-Tini


This drink combines the sophistication of a martini with the refreshing taste of mint, cucumber, and basil...and oh yes...just a hint of ginger.

2 tablespoons mint simple syrup* 
1 1/2 teaspoons crystalized ginger 
2-inch piece of cucumber--peels and seeds removed
1 large basil leaf
2 ounces Grey Goose vodka
Mint or basil sprigs for garnish

Muddle or blend syrup, ginger, cucumber, and basil together.  I combine those ingredients with the vodka in a glass measuring cup and use my immersion blender to process.  Add mixture to a cocktail shaker with ice.  Cover; shake until mixed.  Pour into a well-chilled martini glass.  Garnish with mint or basil.  

Makes 1 "Healthy" martini!  :~)  Enjoy

*Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large mint sprigs
  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
  4. Add mint sprig to syrup while allowing to cool completely. Pour in a glass container and refrigerate.