Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Big O
Riedel debuts Martini “O” Glasses
It is always a pleasure to encounter something unique. This stylish new design from Riedel Crystal is a creative vessel in which to serve a cocktail. (fyi - I plan to also use them to dress up a dessert… I’m envisioning vanilla ice cream drizzled with Baileys or Godiva Liqueur…). Heck, the “O” glass would even make a cute centerpieces for a cocktail party table!
The only downside with the “O” glass is that the hollow stem makes it easy for the body heat in one’s hand to warm up the drink quickly. So, I’d say these are best saved for drinks which don’t need to be super-chilled for maximum sipping enjoyment. (They might work well for a chocolate martini, which I tend to like less icy and closer to room temperature.)
In any case, San Francisco-based Mixologist, Jason Ebarle, created colorful concoctions for a Campton Place gala, where the Reidel Martini “O” glass made its debut. These cocktails are almost too pretty to drink… and the Jasmine Martini (which smacks of Negroni characteristics) is right up my alley. I intend to make it tonight – YUM!
1 1/2 oz. Beefeater Gin
1/2 oz. Campari
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
splash simple syrup
Shake all ingredients and strain into the “O” glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
2 oz. Fris Vodka
1/2 oz. Ginger syrup
1/2 oz. cucumber juice
Ginger syrup: Comine 1 cup each water and sugar, with 1” piece of ginger. Heat for 10 minutes (don’t boil) then strain into a container.
Cucumber juice: blend the skins of 1 cucumber with 1/2 of the inside of the cucumber. Strain into another container.
Shake all ingredients and strain into the “O” glass. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.