Ever since an unfortunate night of mistranslations and failed ordering in Majorca, I’ve had a hard time looking at a gin martini without turning green. But that’s a story to be told over a different kind of cocktail…
I’m always reminded at my friend Adam’s Super Bowl party how much I like vodka martinis with a twist. Every year his family friend Eddie wears corduroy pants with little martini glasses all over them and plays bartender for the night. One year, he bought Adam a matching smoking jacket for his birthday. So basically, this is the best possible person to get you back on the martini bandwagon.
Anyhow, now that I’ve been reminded that vodka can be a beautiful thing, and not just what you’re forced to drink with miscellaneous mixers at “da club,” I thought I’d make it the center of attention in these Oscar night Gravitinis.
There’s not much to touch upon – this drink is your basic lemon and vodka martini with a touch of simple syrup to make it go down easy. But if you drink enough of them, your head may take orbit and you will probably find yourself careening towards earth shortly thereafter.
I finally saw Gravity in 3D over the weekend, during some very necessary only child “me time.” I loved the movie. But it was very stressful. So much so that I probably could have used one of these afterwards.
Stay tuned for more Oscar party recipes coming up later in the week.
And don’t forget to tune in today at noon for my first ever #WellnessWednesday hangout on Google+! A recap on the blog next week.
Lemon and Vodka Martinis a.k.a. Gravitinis
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice from 2 large lemons
- 1/2 cup chilled vodka
- 1 cup chilled prosecco
Place 4 large martini glasses in the freezer. Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl, and whisk until the sugar dissolves.
Combine 1/4 cup lemon syrup and the vodka in a martini shaker. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake 8 to 10 times, then strain the mixture equally into 4 very cold martini glasses (about 3 tablespoons each). Add 1/4 cup chilled sparkling wine to each glass. Garnish each martini with lemon peel and serve very cold.