Quite a few years ago, I used to have Martini Mondays. Then I added Martini Tuesdays. Then Martini Wednesdays. I know that sounds like I was a total lush, but I promise I wasn't. I just really enjoyed a martini after work. And it was only one. That little habit only lasted for about a month anyways and then it just...fizzled. I recently remembered those days and decided I should go back to having a martini every now and then. Since I revisited them I've only made a couple over the past few months but they've been some of the best martinis I've ever had.
This one actually happened by chance. I wanted something fruity and I thought back to the types of martinis I used to drink. This was before my 'I have to make everything' phase so I used the bottled drink mixes. Target used to have really good ones and apple flavor was my favorite. I scoured the cabinet for some of those martini mixed I used to use but found that they had all expired. A while ago. Gross. My mind was already set on a fruity martini so I had no choice but to scrounge around for an alternative to the mixes. After seeing plums in the fruit basket, I thought I'd give it a go. I was leery at first, but this turned out to be the best martini - maybe even overall drink - I've ever had. Ever. It's sweet, but not overwhelming and the balance of ingredients is just perfect. A hint of cinnamon adds a little warmth that makes this drink perfect for cool nights.
Spiced Plum Martini
• 1 fresh, ripe purple plum, quartered
• 1 oz vodka
• 1/2 oz triple sec
• 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 oz simple syrup
• dash cinnamon
Make simple syrup: Bring equal parts water and white sugar to boil in saucepan. Boil for 5-7 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture is starting to thicken. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Shake with ice and strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar.