It's National Martini Day, folks. And, after pondering as to what someone who doesn't really do straight-vodka could do to join the celebration, we came up the Mulberry Martini. We had a few handfuls of mulberries lying around from the farmer's market (who knew mulberries were a real thing?), so we started to pluck + purée and ended up discovering the amazing potential of this under-used berry. The drink lends itself to something a tad more masculine than the traditional "fruity" martini, and is pretty tasty!
- a few large handfuls of mulberries
- sugar or honey
- fresh fruit ~ garnish
- The drink is 3 parts mulberry purée, 1 part vodka, and 2 tsp sugar (or if you prefer honey, add the amount to taste).
- place martini glass in freezer to chill.
- Destem mulberries. Purée in blender or mash with back of spoon. After this, I simmered the berries over med-low just for a couple minutes to create a little juice.
- Place 3 oz of warmed mulberry mash, 1 oz vodka, and 2 tsp sugar in a martini shaker or glass with ice. Cover and shake vigorously.
- dip martini glass rim lightly in a plate of sugar (or raw sugar).
- Strain through a small fine mesh sieve into a martini. I pushed on the mash with the back of spoon to get as much through as possible.
- Garnish with fresh fruit, rosemary, or play around with anything else in-season you've got lying around!