Spicy Rosemary Grapefruit Martini

Spicy Rosemary Grapefruit Martini

A fellow blogger friend, Amanda from A Cookie Named Desire, recently posted a recipe for some grapefruit popsicles spiced up with chili peppers and rosemary that looked and sounded fantastic!  Naturally, my mind immediately thought “hmmm, that would make a really good martini!”  After all, I love my Grapefruit St-Germain Martini with a rosemary simple syrup in it, so I was certain a little spice would be good too!

I first made a simple syrup with 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (Amanda’s recipe called for 1/2 tsp. ground chile peppers) and 1 Tsp. dried rosemary.  I thought the red pepper flakes were just a bit too overpowering in my martini.  Next, I tried a simple syrup with fresh rosemary and half a jalapeño.  I liked the rosemary but the jalapeño wasn’t enough spice.  Perhaps a whole jalapeño would have been better…or keeping the seeds with it.  In any event, I made a third simple syrup with fresh rosemary and a little less dried red pepper flakes and it was just what I wanted.  If you don’t have fresh rosemary, by all means, use dried!

SPICY ROSEMARY GRAPEFRUIT MARTINI 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 shots vodka (try Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit)
  • 1 shot fresh squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • ½ shot rosemary-chili simple syrup (add more to your taste if needed)

For the simple syrup

  • ⅔ C. water
  • ⅓ C. sugar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (remove from stem and roughly chop)
  • ¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes (or try some fresh jalapeño if you like)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining simple syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Continue to boil a couple of minutes, then remove from heat and let cool. Strain and chill.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or slice of grapefruit, if desired.
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