National Martini Day

The famous elixir of Madison Avenue’s glam ad men and femme fatales, the martini may pack more mystique than any other American cocktail. You just can’t drink a martini without feeling stylish, polished, and a little bit naughty. June 19’s “National Martini Day,” with its mid-summer arrival, is the perfect cool antidote to hot days and muggy nights. I’ve been spending almost too much time getting excited about developing new spins on the classic martini. I mean, are you kidding? What’s not to love? White Chocolate Raspberry Martinis. Matcha Lemon Drop Martinis. Salted Caramel Chai-Tinis. I could go on.

Here’s the secret technique I stumbled onto that will turn any simple martini into a martini masterpiece: the sugared rim. A little bit of moisture and a roll of the glass through one of our unique sugar blends is all it takes. Quick, easy, done. But the addition makes for a presentation and a taste that’s both unique and sophisticated. Enjoy.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Martinis
Elegant martinis provide the perfect after dinner drink with their chocolaty, creamy-smooth flavor and hints of luscious raspberries.

White Chocolate Raspberry MartinisIngredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
1 tsp Raspberry Sugar
2 TBS Chocolate Sea Salt (optional garnish)

From the Grocer
3 oz vanilla vodka

1 oz white chocolate liquor
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz heavy cream
Chocolate syrup (optional garnish)
Raspberries drizzled in chocolate (optional garnish)

FILL a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice cubes.

ADD Raspberry Sugar, vodka, chocolate liquor, crème de cacao, and cream.
SHAKE well.

Serving Suggestion:
CRUSH Chocolate Sea Salt. Spread over a small plate. Wet rim of glass and dip each glass into Chocolate Sea Salt to coat the rim.

SWIRL chocolate syrup in a spiral shape inside the glass. Fill glasses. Garnish with raspberries.

Yield: 2 drinks
Total Time: 5 mins
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins

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Matcha Lemon Drop Martini
It’s tea’o clock! The beautiful color and grassy notes of Sweet Matcha meld perfectly with lemon for this sweet & lightly sour martini. Add the final touch of elegance with a lemon wheel.

Matcha Lemon Drop MartiniIngredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
¼ cup Sweet Matcha
3 TBS Lemon Sugar + extra for optional garnish

From the Grocer
1 cup vodka

32 oz sweetened lemonade, fresh if possible
¼ cup light agave syrup+ extra for optional garnish
2 lemons, sliced into thin wheels (optional garnish)

COMBINE vodka, lemonade, and Sweet Matcha in a large pitcher. Whisk until fully dissolved. Place in refrigerator to fully chill. If desired, chill martini glasses as well.

POUR agave nectar into a shallow dish and place Lemon Sugar in a separate shallow dish. Dip the top edge of chilled martini glasses into dish of agave nectar, then dip into Lemon Sugar. Carefully pour beverage into glasses.

Serving Suggestion:
CUT a small slice halfway through lemon wheels. Dip lemon slices in leftover agave then Lemon Sugar to create a sugared lemon slice. Place on rim of glass as garnish.

Yield: 6-8 martinis
Total Time: 65 mins
Prep: 65 mins
Cook: 0 mins

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Salted Caramel Chai-tini
Creamy, smooth, and oh-so-divine, this salted caramel martini made with Emperor’s Chai Tea is full of warm flavors! Salted Caramel Sugar and whipped & caramel vodkas are sure to make this glamorous cocktail the talk of the evening.

Salted Caramel Chai-TiniIngredients:
From The Spice & Tea Exchange®
3 TBS Emperor’s Chai Tea
2 TBS Salted Caramel Sugar (+extra for optional garnish)

From the Grocer
8 oz filtered water

2 oz caramel vodka (we used Smirnoff® Kissed Caramel)
1 oz whipped cream vodka (we used Pinnacle® Whipped)
1 oz half and half (or other milk)
Caramel sauce (optional garnish)

HEAT filtered water to 212°F (boiling). Steep Emperor’s Chai Tea for 5 mins. Strain. Stir 2 TBS Salted Caramel Sugar into warm tea until dissolved. Set aside until cooled.

COMBINE cooled tea concentrate, vodka, and half and half in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake.

Serving Suggestion:
SPREAD a thin layer of caramel sauce on the rim of two martini glasses. Swirl extra on the inside of the glass if desired. Spread Salted Caramel Sugar over a small plate. Dip each glass into the sugar to coat the rim. Fill glasses.

*While delicious served as a traditional cold martini (per preparation instructions), this also makes for a great warm cocktail!

Yield: 2 drinks
Total Time: 30 mins
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins

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