Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday Cocktail - Orange Cinntini

Blogger's been acting wierd for me lately. I've had several posts that never went through. I'm using a different method for this post, but it's not as convenient for link posts.

A couple of weekends ago, we stopped in a martini bar for happy hour. It was a little early for the place, so the bartender had time to visit with us. She said she liked making things up and would be happy to do so for us if we'd give her a little direction. LuRu recalled having an orange and cinnamon martini in Cincinnati many moons ago that she loved, so our bartender tried to replicate it. The Cincinnati version used Stoli Zinnamon vodka, but it doesn't look like they make it anymore. So the bartender worked with a little orange vodka, hot damn, and a little orange juice. Take it easy on the hot damn, it can overpower the drink quickly. It was a pretty good facsimile for what we could remember and a damn fine drink. We also added a little vanilla liquer to smooth it out a bit.

You could also just make your own cinnamon infused vodka by sticking some cinnamon sticks in a bottle of vodka. Check the taste after a couple of days and take the sticks out when it's to your liking.

Cheers!

1 comment:

Casey said...

Your cinnamon infusion method (cinn sticks in a bottle) reminds me - we recently picked a bunch of kumquats from the tree in the backyard and, since they're small enough, squeezed them into a couple bottles of Grey Goose. We didn't open them for 6 or 7 days. Soooo good. It's been about a month now and it just keeps getting better. Haven't even gotten into the second bottle yet. I've never done anything like this - now we've got this really great kumquat infused vodka. . .and how much fun is it to say kumquat???