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2017 LOUNGE COCKTAIL SERIES-- THE ORIGINAL "PURPLE MARTINI"

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Our February 11th blog of this year detailed our first "Lounge Cocktail" in this series: "The Bedside Manners Cocktail". We also listed our "Original Blackberry Syrup Recipe". Since we received such wonderful feedback about how much people loved this syrup, we decided to feature another great Lounge Cocktail using our delicious blackberry syrup. So, if you had any syrup left over from the "Bedside Manners Cocktail", you will now be able to experiment with this week's Lounge Cocktail recipe: The Original "Purple Martini", pictured above.

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Lounge Cocktails, fall under the relatively new-age category of "Craft Cocktails", and can be loosely defined as any type of craft or classic "sipping" cocktail that is typically enjoyed while sitting and conversing with others in a relaxed atmosphere or in a "chill", comfortable environment.

This is where the term "Cocktail Lounge" came about in the early 1930's, when referring to popular, pricey high-end taverns and exclusive parlors, pubs or "lounging" hotel bars. In 2017, most often these craft cocktails can be found and enjoyed at trendy cocktail bars, gastro-eateries, retro-speakeasys, martini lounges and of course: cocktail lounges. 

Fresh mixed artisinal cocktails are not exactly a modern phenomenon. In fact, it’s a tradition that goes back as far as formal fermentation. Even in the Iliad, Homer wrote of epic heroes drinking wine mixed with goat cheese and ground barley. That may have been the first Lounge Cocktail, according to this definition.

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The Original "PURPLE MARTINI" 

YOU WILL NEED:

-A BARBACK TOOL

-ONE PINT MIXING GLASS

-A LONG BARSPOON

-A HAWTHORNE DRINK STRAINER

-ONE LARGE MARTINI GLASS,

-SKYY CHERRY VODKA

-ABSINTHE

-BLACKBERRY SYRUP (SEE RECIPE BELOW)

-FRESH LEMONS, ORANGES, BLACKBERRIES, BASIL AND MINT

-This cocktail is shaken and strained into a chilled rocks glass containing one extra large ice-cube or an ice-sphere.

THE ORIGINAL "PURPLE MARTINI"

  1. CHILL MARTINI GLASS BY FILLING GLASS WITH ICE AND WATER. ALLOW TO CHILL FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.
  2. USE THE BARBACK TOOL PATENTED  GARNISH KNIFE TO SLICE THE LEMON IN HALF. SQUEEZE THE HALF LEMON JUICE INTO THE PINT MIXING GLASS.
  3. NEXT, INTO THE PINT GLASS, ADD 2 OUNCES OF SKYY VODKA, 3 DROPS OF ABSINTHE AND 1/2 OUNCE OF BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP.
  4. FILL THE PINT GLASS WITH ICE, STIR VIGOROUSLY WITH BARSPOON FOR 30 SECONDS.
  5. MEANWHILE, PLACE ONE LARGE ICE CUBE OR ICE SPHERE INTO THE EMPTY, CHILLED MARTINI GLASS. NEXT, STRAIN THE CONTENTS OF THE PINT GLASS OVER THE FRESH ICE USING A HAWTHORNE STRAINER
  6. USE THE BARBACK KNIFE IN THE 90 DEGREE LOCKED POSITION TO GENTLY STIR THE DRINK AND TO ROLL THE ICE A BIT.
  7. SPEAR 2 FRESH BLACKBERRIES TOGETHER WITH A MINT LEAF AND A BASIL LEAF AND PLACE THE GARNISH DECORATIVELY ON THE RIM OF THE GLASS.
  8. SIP AND ENJOY YOUR FRESH "PURPLE MARTINI" !

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THE ORIGINAL’S BLACKBERRY SYRUP RECIPE

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1.75 cups water

Instructions:

1) Add sugar and water to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for about 1-2 minutes. Add blackberries and juices and continue to boil on low for several minutes, while pressing and stirring the blackberries. This will help to extract as much of the blackberry juice as possible. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

2) Lastly, to make a smooth consistency, pour cooked blackberries and sauce into blender and pulse until smooth. Pour and squeeze through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and discard any seeds or pulp.

3) You can then pour the syrup into a plastic squeeze bottle or a glass bottle with a pour spout.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks

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