Found a new cocktail just in time for your Saturday night. Love these! Have you ever heard of a Burning Mandarin Martini?? I found the recipe recently when I was browsing the Petitechef.com. It’s fresh and a bit more citrusy tasting than a Cosmopolitan. The Serrano Chili adds a bit of an “after burn” and I loved it. I added an extra slice of the chili to amp it up a bit. Using just one like the recipe calls for is very subtle. If you like a lot of “heat” I would add the second slice. And then see how you like it and if you need more “after burn”, live large and add a third.
Yield: 1 martini
2 slices of Serrano Chile
1 1/2 ounces Absolute Mandarin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup*
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
*Simple syrup can be made by mixing equal parts of water and sugar. Heat them till the sugar is fully dissolved. I made a small batch by mixing 1/4 cup of water and sugar in a Pyrex Heat Proof mixing cup and heated it up in the microwave in 30 second increments until the sugar was dissolved.)
Muddle one slice of Serrano Chile in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange juice, and cranberry juice, along with one large handful of ice.
Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with remaining chili slice. (I didn’t sugar the rim of my glass as I don’t like my drinks too sweet. But I do think sugaring the rims do make them a tad more festive.)