My adventures in raw and vegan dessert and the occasional savory recipe creation!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Cindy Lou Who Martini
If you haven't seen the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", this post may confuse you a bit. I would advise you to check it out as it is my favorite Christmas movie and is considered a classic! I have to watch it at least 3 times during the Holiday season, and my favorite character in the movie is Cindy Lou Who. I think we all need to have a little bit of Cindy Lou Who mentality around the holidays to stay sane. Afterall, there are plenty of Grinches around. People who refuse to be jolly, steal things, or get so caught up in buying presents and running around that they forget the real meaning of the season and become grumpy etc. Cindy Lou Who is naturally sweet and happy, knowing the real meaning of Christmas isn't in the gifts and decorations, and rushing around but in the spending time with loved ones. I think I have done a good job this year remaining level headed and not getting stressed out about the Holidays. No Grinch like attitude for me!
I thought it would be fun to create a cocktail in the spirit of Cindy Lou Who. Although she is underage and would be unable to drink it technically.
I wanted it to be light and cheery, sweet, and beautiful. I decided on a pomegranate pear combination with a little bit of vanilla. I can see the Whos having pomegranates and pears on their table at a celebration and sweet vanilla is like the essence of Cindy.
I also added a bit of lemon to balance the drink and it was perfect! I garnished the rim with pink and red for fun and it was adorable!
Of course I have included the recipe if you would like to make one for yourself! Hope you are all feeling cheerful like Cindy Lou Who! Cheers!
Cindy Lou Who Martini
(Pomegranate Pear Vanilla Martini)
For the rim:
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp red sugars
1 Tbsp pink sugars
6 large ice cubes
4 oz pear vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz vanilla bean agave syrup*
lemon zest twist
For the rim, put 1 Tbsp agave nectar on one plate, and sugars on another. Dip the rim of the glass into the agave nectar coating the edge, then dip it into the sugars. To make drink, in a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Place a few pomegranate seeds into the martini glass, Pour the drink through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, garnish with lemon zest and serve!
*Vanilla Bean Agave Syrup:
makes about a cup
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 vanilla bean slit lengthwise
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar, place top on and shake a few times. Place in the fridge and let sit at least a day before using (the longer it sits the more pronounced the vanilla flavor will be. Keeps at least a few months.