Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Burning Mandarin Martinis... I Clearly Suck At Being A Mixologist

In celebration of our upcoming trip to visit our daughter In L.A. (we're staying in Santa Monica on the beach this time), I decided to try making the divine *Burning Mandarin Martinis* made at Katsuya Hollywood, when we visited last year. Last time we stayed downtown at The Omni and it involved waaay too much driving. I was so disappointed with the outcome of my mixology efforts that I could barely drink it, but I did anyway. I wouldn't want to waste good vodka! Heaven forbid! Perhaps you can do a better job of it, so here's the recipe: Burning Mandarin Martinis:

2 slices of serrano chile pepper

1 1/2 ounces Absolut Mandarin Vodka

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce orange juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce cranberry juice

Muddle the chili slices. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with peppers. Oh - And I expect you to send me a sample of your efforts, virtually, that is. I'd love to see someone make it like it was at Katsuya. Have fun with it. I did, even though it turned out too tart...