The Slumdog Martini

The Slumdog Martini

The Slumdog Martini

I am not going to lie to you, I really just grabbed this cookbook: Indian Cooking Unfolded from my library because I needed something to read while my kids had appointments.  I fell in love.  It is filled with lovely recipes using TONS of spices and herbs….oh my!  Inspirational!  I have so many recipes I want to try but let’s first help ourselves to a lovely cocktail before the real cooking starts!

Although I am not really “allowed” to have martinis (let’s not revisit this lovely issue) I firmly believe that it stands for Dirty Martinis…not this lovely fragrant type of Martinis.

This Martini is inspired by the famous movie: Slumdog Millionaire, which I haven’t seen even though everyone has but it goes with my refusal to see E.T. and pretty much any massively popular movies out there.  Yes I am a rebel….if refusing to watch popular movies or reading popular books is being a rebel.  😉

Let’s not worry about why I am so weird, let’s get to this deliciously spiced beverage!

amazing color, fresh herbs and spices! YUM!

amazing color, fresh herbs and spices! YUM!


1/4 cup unrefined sugar

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

½ cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves

2 fresh green serrano chiles, stems discarded, coarsely chopped (do not remove the seeds)

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt

2 cups crushed ice cubes

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup premium vodka or gin

How to:

Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer.

Measure the sugar into a small saucepan and pour in ¼ cup water.  Stir in the ginger.  Bring it to a boil over medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.  Remove the pan from the burner, strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl or measuring cup, and chill in the refrigerator as you get the remaining ingredients ready.

ginger simple syrup: perfect!

ginger simple syrup: perfect!

Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat.  Once the skillet is hot, usually after 2 to 4 minutes, add the cumin seeds and toast them, shaking the skillet every few seconds, until they turn an even reddish brown and smell incredibly nutty, 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Immediately transfer the seeds to a small heatproof bowl to cool.

smelling fantastic!

smelling fantastic!

To make a single martini, place 1/8 cup of the mint leaves, a quarter of the chiles (or less see note below), 1/4 teaspoon of the toasted cumin seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a cocktail shaker.  Using a pestle or something you can use to pound, pummel the mixture to release the essential oils until the mint and chile breaks down a bit (not necessarily until it becomes pulpy), 1 to 2 minutes.  Scoop in 1/2 cup ice cubes and pour in 1 tablespoon of the ginger syrup, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, and ¼ cup vodka or gin.  Screw the cocktail shaker’s lid in place and shake to thoroughly mix the martini.  Pour it into a chilled martini glass.

interesting picture to take...just so you know!  ;)

interesting picture to take…just so you know! 😉

pouring it all in!

pouring it all in!

Great way to start the weekend!

Great way to start the weekend!

Repeat with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!

Note from the author:  If you drink all four, I will see you under the table. 

Hahahaha….I couldn’t agree more!  Been there….Done that….Not proud!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is spicy….and I mean SPICY.  I loved it but it’s not for the faint of heart.  Add chiles/peppers to YOUR liking don’t worry about what he suggests. 

such a gorgeous interesting cocktail!

such a gorgeous interesting cocktail!

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