After a month of cranberry, gingerbread, and peppermint, it's time for something different. Let's go with something blue for the New Year.
Hello! Did you have a wonderful Christmas and/or Hanukkah? I hope you had lots of time to spend with family and friends, ate well, and enjoyed all of the things that make you feel jolly. My family certainly did all of that. It was so nice to have my son home for a little while. Sadly for me; and happily for him, he’s on his way to spend the rest of his break with his girlfriend and her family in Aruba. Poor boy.
No matter, while he’s enjoying the blue surf and the warm sunshine, I’ll be getting ready to celebrate ringing in the New Year with this pretty little cocktail that I call the Curacao martini, named after a lovely little island situated just east of Aruba.
Just looking at this gorgeous blue drink, garnished with bright orange clementine peel is enough to make you think that you’re in a tropical paradise. Close your eyes and imagine the palm trees swaying in the trade winds, ocean waves crashing along the shore, and you, digging your toes in the sand while sipping this cool, delicious libation. Ahhhh……..
If you’re like me, you’ll be spending your New Year’s Eve in a cold, mostly gray climate, and that’s why a healthy dose of positive thinking, a great imagination, and a pretty blue Curacao martini are all needed to help you ring in the New Year right.
This drink is slightly sweet from the clementine juice, but it’s still dry, and very refreshing. All you need to make this is are a couple of fresh clementine oranges, some blue curacao, gin, blood orange bitters, and dry vermouth. A little ice, and a quick shake in a cocktail shaker, and you’ll be good to go.
So what are you going to eat while you’re celebrating with a Curacao martini? I’ve got a few ideas that I’ll be sharing with you over the next several days, so keep checking back for those recipes. In the meantime, practice making a Curacao martini and enjoy all of the goodies that you received yesterday!
Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!
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- 1 martini shaker
- 1 martini glass
- 1 shot glass
- Juice from 2 clementine oranges – approximately 1 ounce
- ¼ ounce blue curacao
- ¼ ounce dry vermouth
- A dash of blood orange bitters
- 1 ounce of gin
- ½ cup of crushed ice
- Put the ice and drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with the peel from the clementine.
This is very similar to the the Chatterly martini, which is a more spare recipe around the Curaçao. Cf. Aviation Cocktail.