My adventures in raw and vegan dessert and the occasional savory recipe creation!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tangarine Tango Martini
I love orange. It is such a happy color, and I know not many people call it their favorite color, but I do. It works out well because with my coloring as an Autumn it flatters my skin tone so I can wear it. I was absolutely thrilled when I heard in January that "Tangerine Tango" was the color of the year! I think orange doesn't get enough attention...it is always blue so it seems which people prefer. Why am I talking about color? Well, I made a delicious cocktail, as it is Friday and it was called "Tangerine Tango"!
So....hopefully the color talk makes sense now. I called it that because it was the most beautiful shade of orange, a sassy orange deserving of a name like tangerine tango!
I need no reason to make a cocktail, but it being Friday, and the end of a week full of ups and downs was reason enough! So what was in this concoction?
I had just gotten my hands on a bottle of Mandarin Napolean, so I knew I needed to use it in a delicious drink. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Mandarin Napolean is a cognac based orange liqueur. It has a warm smooth orange flavor and is so good that it could be sipped alone!
I combined it with a bit of bourbon, a splash of Campari, which made the drink's color even more beautiful and of course I added some tangerine juice, because I have a big bowl of them in my kitchen right now.
It was a lovely drink. Almost too lovely to drink...but who am I kidding that never stops me! It was delicious! It was smooth and rich with the cognac and bourbon and the sweetness of tangerine and mandarin was wonderful! A tango in my mouth, and so I thought "Tangerine Tango" was the perfect name for it! If you would like one, I have included the recipe so you can recreate it! Happy Friday to you all, cheers!
Tangarine Tango Martini
(Tangerine, bourbon, Mandarin Napolean and Campari)
6 large ice cubes
3 oz bourbon
1/2 oz campari
1 oz Mandarin napolean
2 oz fresh tangerine or other fresh orange juice
orange zest or slices for serving
In a martini shaker add the ice, bourbon, campari, mandarin napolean, and juice and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour the drink into a chilled martini glass through a strainer, garnish with orange zest or slices and serve!