I was going to save this post, but a twitter convo inspired me to hit publish. It’s martini time!
I like my martini’s super dry, made with gin, served with a twist, and stirred – thank you!
…but, I’m always willing to make an exception when it comes to the chili and coconut martini from Longrain – it’s very sexy. If you haven’t tried one I insist you get off the computer now and go there.
Good, now have a drink.
After yet another Longrain adventure last week we couldn’t resist cracking open the chili infused vodka we’ve had spicin’ away in the cupboard – I think it could use another couple of weeks to get a real big kick happening, but a month in it still has nice heat. Also I think 42 is myfave for infusing, but hey – that Euro trip ain’t payin’ for itself, so we manage thusly.
After chatting to a couple of the bartenders the last few times I’ve ordered it, I was told how to whip it together, they didn’t give measures, but you can gauge it by watching them.
Well.. let’s try and make this baby!
1 cup ice cubes
60ml chili vodka (we’ve had a large chili infusing a bottle of standard vodka for about a month)
60ml Monin coconut syrup
30ml fresh coconut water
Shaved fresh coconut
Fresh red chili, thinly sliced
- Using a sharp knife, scrape away the soft hole of the coconut until you get through to the white insides
- Turn the coconut upside down into a glass to capture the water
- Using a hammer, crack the coconut in your hands, then use the other end of the hammer to prise it open
- In a cocktail shaker add 1 cup ice cubes
- Add in all the liquids mentioned above
- Shake, shake, shake it
- Strain into a chilled martini glass
- Garnish with shaved fresh coconut and a slice of chili
These are a little fiddly to make for only one reason – getting the flesh out of the coconut, but once you’ve done that you’re set. You could use dried coconut I suppose, but you want the fresh chewyness of coconut straight from the shell.
And how does it rate against the Longrain counterpart? Well, it’s not 100% there – but it’s damn close. I think you just gotta have that booty-shakin’ cocktail dance down that their cocktail guys do.