Recipes

Blackberry Lemonade Martinis

23 December 2009
Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Grillmaster

The base for these martinis can be used for very refreshing virgin martinis as well as vodka martinis. Instructions are included for both. The blackberry lemonade also works well with rum or tequila. I suggest you experiment carelessly and enjoy responsibly.

Servings

2

Ingredients

    Base (yields 5 to 6 cups):

    • 12 ounces fresh blackberries
    • 15 lemons
    • 2 cups raw blue agave nectar

    For Virgin Martinis (serves 2):

    • 4 ounces Blackberry Lemonade Base
    • 4 ounces water
    • Ice

    For Vodka Martinis (serves 2):

    • 4 ounces Blackberry Lemonade Base
    • 4 ounces premium vodka
    • 2 ounces Grand Marnier
    • 2 ounces water
    • Ice

Instructions

For Blackberry Lemonade Base:
Press the blackberries through a mesh strainer over a bowl. Use your hands or a large spoon to continue pressing the juice out of the berries until you have about 1 cup of fresh blackberry juice. The juice will be rather thick, but should be free of seeds.Use a lemon squeezer to juice the lemons. The lemons should yield about 2 1/2 cups of juice.

Stir together the blackberry juice, lemon juice and 1 cup of blue agave nectar. Combine a small amount (about an ounce) of the Blackberry Lemonade Base with an equal amount of cold water to taste test. Add more blue agave nectar as needed to adjust the sweetness. I use two cups.

For Virgin Blackberry Lemonade Martinis:
Fill a cocktail shaker half-way with ice. Add the Blackberry Lemonade Base and water. Shake vigorously for one minute, and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a blackberry or slice of lemon.

For Blackberry Lemonade Vodka Martinis
Fill a cocktail shaker half-way with ice. Add the Blackberry Lemonade Base, vodka, Grand Marnier and water. Shake vigorously for one minute, and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a blackberry or slice of lemon.

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