Friday, December 30, 2011

Au Revoir 11 Martini

I am not sure how you feel about the year coming to an end but I am happy to say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012.  It was a year of many trials for me, from running injuries to loss of loved ones and breakups as well as unexpected expenses...all things I am putting behind me and moving forward looking forward to the joys of the new year and what it promises.  I strive to be a positive person, and although some things in the past year were unpleasant, I learned valuable lessons from them and that is what was important.  The year wasn't all bad, I had a lot of good times with friends, spent a lot of time in the kitchen creating many successful recipes, traveled to some interesting places. 
I made myself a martini tonight in the spirit of saying farewell to 2011. I thought it was an appropriate thing to celebrate tonight on the eve of New Years Eve, since tomorrow night I will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year at midnight. 

I called it "Au Revoir 11" or goodbye 11.  I used a base of berry acai vodka I had bought over the Holidays, and added a bit of St. Germain for a floral note as well as a bit of sweetness. 
Some lemon juice was needed as well to balance the sweet, and something bubbly to top it off so I used some sparkling blueberry juice instead of the usual champagne (since I am not a champagne fan). 

It needed some berries and lemon zest for garnish and voila!  It was such a fragrant and beautiful drink, perfect to say "Au Revoir" to the past year.  It was well balanced and heavenly to sip. 
Here's to saying goodbye to 2011!  Cheers to you all, and hope you all have a fabulous New Years!

"Au Revoir 11"
(berry elderflower martini)
Makes 1
6 large ice cubes
4 oz berry acai vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
sparkling blueberry juice
lemon zest twist
a few berries

To make drink, in a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour the drink through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, top it off with the sparking blueberry juice garnish with lemon zest and a few berries and serve!


  1. Acai vodka and blueberry juice! HELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOO 2012!

  2. Love your attitude! I'm striving to be as positive as you! Greats end-off drink, I don't think I've ever had any elderberry drinks! :)

  3. Beautiful color. Happy New Year!

  4. This does look like a delicious drink! I wish I was there to toast with you to the New Year, but I guess I will have to do it via social media.
    Here is to having good friends, good food for 2011 and may 2012 be all that you hoped for and much more-Cheers! Thanks for sharing your talent and your friendship!

  5. My mixology is from the era of the Cave Man. I cannot think of a better way to put a year "to bed" than this. Happy 2012 - may it bring delicious days and joys.

  6. ooooooooh this looks divine!

  7. Your drink looks great--an excellent way to use St. Germain. Here's to a better 2012!