Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Drink...something festive!

How cultured...martinis and music! The Harvest Pear Martini makes its debut at my friend's cocktail party.

Yes, this is still a nutrition blog. But let's be honest: when I am at work, the number of phone calls and emails I receive from customers plummets spectacularly from December 1 to the 24th. Pretty much no one wants to talk nutrition in December (but come January 1st, you're mine!). So why not share a cocktail recipe?

My friends A & S hosted a "create your own cocktail" party last weekend and I thought I had better bring my A game. My friend, A, was busy infusing tequilas with all sorts of goodies so I grabbed the Grey Goose and got to work. Usually people recommend infusing inexpensive vodkas but I was too lazy to get E into the stroller and Grey Goose is what we had in the cupboard.

As a base for the drink, I infused one cup of Grey Goose with one cinnamon stick and one organic fair trade vanilla bean (premium vodka demands premium vanilla!). I left the cinnamon stick in for just a day as I figured that the cinnamon would overpower the vanilla and I was right. So give the vanilla a good week to infuse. Another tip: ensure that the infusing ingredients are submerged in the vodka. The cup of vodka will make about 6 drinks...be sure to share!

Harvest Pear Martini (way lighter than a rum and egg nog. There is my "nutrition" angle.)

1 oz infused vodka
1/2 oz Navan vanilla cognac
1 1/2 oz Knudsen's organic pear juice

Shake with lots of ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into martini glass. Serve with a twist of lime and enjoy!

Happy Holidays,

PS. If you have noticed my conspicuous absence this month (sure you have...) I was without internet for almost 3 1/2 weeks. Hard to believe in this day and age but it's true! Thanks Telus.