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Aug 082016
 
Kiwano Ginger Martini

Kiwano Ginger Martini

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Here is a puzzle for you. What is Slimy green inside, has seeds like cucumber, tastes like kiwi and cucumber together, has horns and a bright sunset yellow garb? The Kiwano Melon. It has its origins in Kalahari, Africa, where it grows wild. The cultivated horn melon usually comes from New Zealand or California.

Kiwano Ginger Martini

You may or may not find the kiwano melon in your neighborhood grocery store, but there is a higher chance of you finding in your local Sprouts market. Over the years, Sprouts has been my go to place to find exotic or speciality fruits like the passion fruit, kiwano, cherimoya and my beloved vegetable Kohl Rabi. I love buying local but there are times I love trying out things that look unusual and may or may not be local. The kiwano melon, for example.

Kiwano Ginger Martini

The check out time is always interesting. People in check out line most often have a question or two about my “shopping”. Remember, I live in Colorado and it is a very friendly place and people ask questions. And people answer. Only difference is that five minutes later I am still speaking and the discussion has already moved from what the thing is to what I am going to do with it. The husband now refuses to go grocery shopping with me and the teen wouldn’t be caught anywhere near me in grocery store!! ROFL It has been suggested that I try home delivery of grocery when I am not buying from the farmer’s market. If only they knew how much more I talk to the farmers. Hehe.

Kiwano Ginger Martini

Having said that, they do enjoy my unusual gifts from the store. Like this Kiwano Ginger Martini was made by the house mixologist who also happens to be the regular dishwasher and Oh husband! He enjoys making cocktails and made this for us on the weekend. We just couldn’t get enough of this refreshing cocktail.

 

Kiwano Ginger Martini

Kiwano Ginger Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 kiwano melon pulp ( cut in two halves and scooped out the pulp, saving the hollow shell to serve the drink in)
  • 5- 6 mint leaves
  • 2 oz gin (Hendricks)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Ginger Liquer (domaine de canton)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 8- 10 ice cubes
  • 1 12 floz can dry sparkling cucumber

Instructions

  1. Place the scooped pulp of kiwano in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the mint leaves and muddle. Apply some force to break the gelee like structure
  3. Add the gin, simple syrup, ginger liquor and lemon juice.
  4. Shake with ice and strain in to a martini glass or the reserved melon halves
  5. Top with sparkling cucumber.
http://dev.spiceroots.com/kiwano-ginger-martini/

Oct 282014
 

Cranberry Martini

The purist will say that this Cranberry Martini isn’t a martini because it is made with vodka. Usually martinis are made with gin and vermouth. But then if James Bond drank a martini with a vodka, Gordon’s and Lillet, I can’t be that wrong!  Now I am not a Bond girl (though I do wish it sometimes), I think what’s good enough for Bond, James Bond is good enough for me. And just to keep the purist happy we do have a generous portion of gin in this martini. And made it as he would have wanted it –  Shaken, Not stirred !

Cranberry Martini

 

The beautiful color from cranberry juice makes this a perfect cocktail drink for the season. And this Cranberry Martini is what I am serving to the Progressive Eats Cocktails and Appetizers Party.

Cranberry Martini

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Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

GIVEAWAY!!

This month’s theme is a Cocktail Party celebrating Creative Culinary’s 3rd year of Friday Cocktails. Be sure to hop over to Barb’s post where she is giving away a gorgeous wine bottle opener to one of our Progressive Eats readers.

 

Appetizers

Beverages

Desserts

Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 oz Tanquaray Gin
  • 1 oz Kru Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 olives

Instructions

  1. Take a martini glass and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes
  2. Get the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the Vermouth in the glass and swirl it around so that the vermouth spreads evenly on the inside of the martini glass.
  3. Discard the remaining vermouth and put 2 olives on a stirrer stick, put them in the martini glass and put the martini glass back in the freezer for about 15 minutes
  4. Fill a shaker with ice and pour the gin, cucumber vodka and cranberry juice over ice
  5. Shake the mixture till its nicely mixed and chilled with ice
  6. Get the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the martini over the olives
  7. Enjoy the chilled drink and the soaked olives in the end
http://dev.spiceroots.com/cranberry-martini/