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March 12, 2011

#71: Antioxidant Martini

Muddle the following ingredients well, in a mixing glass:
1/2 tsp unrefined sugar
Heaping tsp fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
Juice of half a medium lemon
Then fill the glass with ice and add:
3 oz Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/2 oz Acai Juice
Shake, and strain into a chilled glass


Antioxidant? I don't drink for my health, dammit. Well, maybe my mental health. And now that I have tasted this drink, I may need to go to the doctor after all.

It was a gorgeous drink, and photographed very well, but that much blueberry vodka made for too much on the berry flavor front, especially combined with the real fruit. I would recommend using regular old non-flavored vodka to offset and perhaps balance the intense berry flavors.

Overall the concept for this drink was not bad. It was a bit of work, using several non-traditional ingredients, and it came out a bit on the overly sweet side, but the payoff just isn't there. Too much berry, not enough actual martini.

It sure looked nice though. I have to say that I got one of my favorite photos of a drink yet with this one. And as I sat back and enjoyed my photography, sipping a more and more of this concoction, the more I liked it. My mouth soon acclimated to the berry flavors, and I didn't feel the need to head to the clinic right away. Not for everyone, but this drink can certainly find a home on some menus. I'm glad I tried it though.

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