A few days ago, my mom handed me a cocktail recipe she found in Everyday with Rachel Ray. I’m pretty much indifferent to Rachel Ray; I know some people adore her and some loathe her, but I really haven’t spent enough time following her work to have an opinion one way or the other. However, I was intrigued by this recipe called a ‘Green Tea & Apple Martini,’ I changed the name a bit because I thought the original was a little misleading. Sure, there’s Calvados and an apple slice in this drink, but it doesn’t really have a big apple flavor to it. I also tweaked this one a bit to my own taste. In the magazine, there’s a half shot of simple syrup included, but it felt a bit bland to me, so I made it again with sweet and sour mix instead. If you want a cocktail with simplicity that really tastes like a boozy green tea, sub the simple syrup back into this; if you want something with a bit more pizzazz, use the sweet and sour like I did! Either way, let me know what you think of this one and I promise the next Thirsty Thursday post won’t be another variation on the apple martini.
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 1/2 oz. brewed green tea, cooled
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Calvados
1/2 oz. homemade sweet and sour mix (recipe here)
thin apple slice (optional)
1. If you know early on that you’ll be making this cocktail, stick shaker and vodka in the freezer a few hours ahead of time to get them well chilled.
2. Take your shaker and vodka out of the freezer. Fill up the shaker and martini glass with chipped ice to keep them chilled while assembling your cocktail.
3. Measure out and pour first four ingredients into shaker. Cover shaker and shake well for five to ten seconds.
4. Dump ice out of martini glass. Strain liquid into glass. Garnish with apple slice if desired. Enjoy.