Spice up the weekend with a Candied Ginger Raspberry Martini

Candied Ginger MartiniGinger root is a versatile food that can be used for everything from a spice in cooking to helping to prevent motion sickness and nausea – so why not cocktails. The Candied Ginger Martini takes quite a bit of work, so make sure you have a few friends around to help you enjoy all the fruits of your labor.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
    (1/4 oz honey / 1/4 oz water)
  • 4 raspberries
  • candied ginger slices for garnish

Preparation
Candied Ginger: Create candied ginger slices by boiling a 3 cups of water in a shallow covered saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced ginger and 1 cup of sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drain off liquid (save and use for ginger syrup), and place ginger slices in over at 200 degrees until slices are dry but still chewy. Let cool and cover the ginger slices in sugar and set aside.

Drink: Muddle a tablespoon of grated ginger, 4 raspberries and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, juices and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few pieces of the candied ginger and serve.

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This drink recipe was adapted from this post at Nibble.com.

The Citrus Jalapeno Kicker

Citrus-Jalapeno Kicker

Another spicy drink for the weekend. Adapted from the Metrocurean, who adpated it from the Clementine Kicker at Kelly Liken’s Washington, DC restaurant cocktail menu. From all of the gang here at Madtini, we give this cocktail a solid thumbs up.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 1 slice of jalapeño

Preparation

Place the lime juice, ginger slice and jalapeno into a cocktail shaker. Muddle it together for 30 seconds or until its nicely mashed up. Add agave nectar, citrus vodka and ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers to spicy cocktails

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