Friday, 28 June 2013

Friday Cocktail: Turkish Delight Martini

Last week, I enjoyed a wonderful night of cocktails and tasty food at The Croft, my local town of Hitchin's unsung hero of a restaurant and bar.

After some tipsy pleading, they very kindly gave me the recipe for the cocktail I couldn't get enough of: the Turkish delight martini. It's a stunningly gorgeous cocktail, with a pretty orange-pink colour and layer upon layer of flavour. And one of its best features is it can be adapted to suit your tastes, whether you can't get enough of turkish delight or would rather have a subtle hint, and whether you like your cocktails as a sweet dessert-alternativer or something dryer you can sip throughout the evening.

Turkish Delight Martini (serves one)

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots your gin of choice (we used Gordon's because the more flavoursome gins might well get lost in this, but we recommend the floral Blackwoods Vintage Gin too)
  • 1/2 shot creme de cacao (the brown version is best)
  • 1 capful vanilla syrup
  • A few drops of rosewater (add more if you prefer things more Turkishly Delightful)
  • A splash or two of red grenadine
  • Sugar syrup - add a tiny splash at a time to your desired sweetness (we used about 2-3 splashes, which ends up medium-sweet)
  • Icing sugar to decorate


Shake it!

  • Sprinkle the rim of your martini glass with icing sugar
  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes and shake for 5-10 seconds.
  • Have a quick sip, to check it suits your personal taste - add more sugar syrup or rosewater if required
  • Strain into the martini glass, and be prepared to make another batch sooner rather than later.

If you're local, we really do recommend a trip to The Croft in Hitchin to try the rest of their cocktail list - a little bird tells us all cocktails are a fiver on Wednesdays and Thursdays...

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