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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Printer Friendly: The Slumdog Martini
Peace and Be Inspired,