A few weeks ago one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Liz from So Much to Smile About, shared some martini recipes. It was totally a welcome surprise, seeing as martini is one of my favorite words… Since I was expecting company for a 5 day visit, I promptly went to the liquor store to pick up the supplies to whip up my own version of the grapefruit blossom.
Well, my friends, let me tell you…I have just found my new favorite martini. The $30 for St. Germain is TOTALLY worth it. I already have a long list of other cocktails to make that feature the fragrant elderflower liqueur…it will last me a while.
you will need:
2 oz. grapefruit vodka (I used Absolut)
1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz. simple syrup*
freshly squeezed grapefruit or blood orange juice
splash of club soda
Place first 4 ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into martini glass and top off with a splash of club soda. If you wish, you can sugar the rim of the glass before pouring…though I find this a bit of an unnecessary step! Also, feel free to use a segment of grapefruit or a candied clementine slice (like mine) for garnish.
*to make simple syrup: place 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring regularly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Immediately take off of heat. You can let cool to room temperatures, but I normally pour mixture directly into a jar and put in the refrigerator. This keeps for a while…yay for impromptu martinis after work!
You should make this for your next get together…your guests will be impressed!
makes: 1 martini
time: 5 minutes
adapted from: Mussel Bar via Liz