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Dec 23, 2007 09:01 AM

Vodka Martinis?

Yeah, I know exactly how the purists feel about them, but I'm a girl who likes girly drinks. In general good vodka with the combination of something fruity makes me happy, but I don't like the overly sweet stuff. A friend and I invented one that is surprisingly pleasant. Here is the recipe:

Fuzzy Devil

1.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Pear Juice
0.5 oz Elderberry Flower Concentrate.

Combine everything into a martini shaker with ice and shake and serve.

The elderberry stuff can be found in various herbal stores, but I get mine from IKEA.

I've been trying to come up with other combinations since, but no success. I wonder if anyone else has any secret or home invented recipes, other than the usual apple martinis and what you can find in the usual books.

Merry Xmas.

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  1. Have you tried pomengranate juice. I find that the knudsens is fruity and allows you to add sweetness as needed. Also try the different fruit purees you can find at latin markets.

    1. I find this one to be tasty:

      Three Olives Grape Vodka (Three Olives has the best flavored vodkas) and dry vermouth (just a bit, like you were making a regular vodka martini). Instead of olives or a twist use frozen grapes to garnish.

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      1. re: clam sauce

        You're kidding right? Three olives taste like cough syrup. Seriously if you want to have a really good fruity vodka try smashing some raspberries or other fresh fruit with vodka into a mixing glass, add ice, shake and strain. You will then know what a real fruit flavored vodka can taste like. Too lazy? try some Hangar One vodkas, but three olives? artificial flavors are bad!

        1. re: clam sauce

          I totally agree 'clam sauce'. Three Olives is the best in flavored vodkas. We've tried their Mango, Chocolate, Cherry & Pomegranate flavors and do not find they taste like 'cough syrup' as some may think. I don't think everybody's taste buds are the same. What one may find cough 'syurpie' another won't. It's all a matter of individual tastes. I'm sure Hanger One is a fine vodka/flavored vodka. But I would have to reserve judgement till I try it.

          1. re: crt

            You are correct, everyone has their own set of taste buds and I certainly hope I didn't come off as insulting. I mearly wanted to point out that there are many alternatives to the mass produced flavored products such as three olives. Since this is a board of people who I would suspect have a bit better taste than the average consumer (why else would we be here?) and who may be willing to go the extra mile to find something better, you may want to consider alternatives to the mainstream artificial products.

        2. Semantics aside I would agree that homemade infusions are much better. I finally tried my hand at one and have a nice raspberry vodka to enjoy. They are simple and much more cost effective in the long run. While testing my infusion I added a little cointreau and chambord to the raspberry vodka and it was heavenly. I'm a definite convert!

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          1. re: gabby29

            I ruined a bottle of perfectly good vodka trying to make lime infusion. All the bitterness from the skin made it undrinkable. I wonder if i should peel the limes or maybe blanch them. However my ginger and mint infusions came out good, just have to figure it out what to do with them.

            1. re: Toadberry

              Sounds like you put them in whole or sliced. I've done lemon and grapefruit using just the peel and they both turned out great. With citrus, I think you need to be sure not to put any of the white pith in there.

              1. re: Toadberry

                I agree with cali2ia, sounds like you got a bunch of pith in your infusion. You just want to scrape the thin green outer part of the lime into your infusion- the white stuff is bitter, the skin has a ton of citrus oils in it.