Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ginger Figgle Martini

The Ginger Figgle is a drink I learned from Top Chef Masters and Food & Wine magazine.  It is slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and very refreshing.  Why make one when you can make two?  Besides, there is simply no way I can slip past Michelle without an extra martini in tow.  There are several variations that we've experimented with over the summer. We've added a chunk of watermelon, mixed in a squeeze of lime, a squish of cantaloupe, and a drizzle of cranberry juice.  My favorite variation was the splash of watermelon on a warm summer afternoon.  The original version is just fine and dandy all on its own.  I showed this drink to the bartender at the Avia Hotel in The Woodlands, and for a spell anyway, it was featured on their martini list.

The Line Up      Print Recipe
5 oz good vodka
3 - 4 thin slices of fresh ginger
2 - 3 bar spoons fig jam
1/4 orange wedge
2 small orange wedges for garnish

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The Fixen Part 
Chill 2 martini glasses
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger with the fig jam
Squeeze in 1/4 orange wedge and swish around a bit
Add fresh ice
Pour in vodka
Give it a handsome shake
Strain into martini glasses
Garnish with orange slices

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