Ginger Lemon Berry Martini

This wonderful, thirst quenching cocktail was inspired by a cheesecake. But don't worry, it doesn't taste like a cheesecake! I was just itching to get a taste of all the flavors I had combined in my cheesecake recipe, but I couldn't wait long enough for the thing to finish baking. Plus I had some extra lemon juice to use up, which is honestly all the convincing I need to pull out that cocktail shaker.

This turned out so delicious I immediately made a second one upon finishing the first. I was, you know, recipe testing… or something like that.

Ingredients

* Make your own ginger infused vodka by pouring plain vodka over a few tablespoons of peeled and diced ginger root. Let the vodka infuse for 2 or 3 weeks in a dark cabinet, giving the jar a quick shake every few days. Strain the vodka into a clean bottle and get mixing! The more ginger you use in your infusion, the spicier the vodka will be. I typically use about 3 tablespoons of ginger for each cup of vodka.

Preparation

  1. Prepare a chilled martini glass by wetting the rim with lemon juice, and then dipping it in a mixture of lemon zest and sugar.
  2. Add all other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously until shaking can frosts over.
  4. Strain into prepared martini glass.
The only sad part about developing this recipe is that I used up the last of my ginger vodka. I'll just have to make more.