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
- 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)
- 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.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or slice of grapefruit, if desired.