Champagne Thursdays: chili, peach & brown sugar martini

Did you notice it was Thursday? More importantly, did you notice that we’re finally back up & running?

This is a very big moment. You see, being as it’s Thursday & we’re back, that also means that Champagne Thursdays are officially reinstated.

Ooooooh YEAH!

I did it again though, I’ve made a combination that needs time for the flavors to meld. It’s not that I want to torture you, it’s just I prefer infusing my vodkas (or any other booze) with the flavor rather than making a sugary syrup like most cocktails use. Personally it’s because you end up using half the sugar & get double the flavor. But that’s just my two cents worth.

You see, right about the time that Whatever’s Left went offline, I started looking for things around the house that I could make to keep myself occupied. This is what happens when Lauren gets bored…. a shelf full of flavored vodkas. I’ve even got a lavender one up there.

Here’s what I suggest, seeing as it’s Thursday & we’re supposed to be having a drink together, I think it’s time you strain the zest out of your limoncello that we made a little while back because it ought to be good & ready by now. Pour it over some ice & put your feet up with me.

I know, I make things so complicated. I’m sorry. Really though, I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t worth the wait. & if you really just don’t feel like waiting, stick a whole chili & a tablespoon of brown sugar in the blender along with your peaches & vodka & you should get the same effect. Well, not the same exactly, but it will do whilst your chili infusion is taking its time to become marvelous.

Marvelous, what a lovely word.

Cheers!

Ingredients, chili vodka:
- 750ml (3 cups) vodka
- 1 cup chopped chilies
- 125ml (0.5 cups) water
- 100g (0.50 cups) dark brown sugar

Directions, vodka:
1. wash & chop the chilies, make sure not to discard any of the seeds because that is where the real kick will come from.
2. place the chopped chillies in the vodka & put the vodka in a cool & dark place for 3 weeks. Give the mix a gentle shake once a day.
3. once the chilies are done soaking, it is time to start phase two…
4. put the brown sugar & water together in a pot & bring to a boil. Stir continuously until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat & allow the mixture to cool. Once cooled, the brown sugar syrup can be poured into the vodka & given a good shake to make sure it is thoroughly blended. At this point you can either strain out the chilies or leave them in as decoration. I usually leave mine in hoping the concoction will get spicier with time.

Ingredients, cocktail:
- chilled chili vodka (see above) 25ml per drink
- fresh peaches (one per person, per drink)

Directions, cocktail:
1. wash the peaches & clean the skin from them as well as remove the stone. Place the peaches in a blender along with the vodka & blend until smooth.
2. transfer the mix to a martini shaker filled with ice & give it a good shake before pouring into your prepared martini glass.
3. sit back with friends & enjoy!

Tips: If you’re gluten free, make sure to do some research about your brand of vodka before using it. Most vodkas are made with grains & will cause your symptoms to come rearing up. Look for a nice, high-end potato vodka & give the manufacturer a call just to ensure they don’t use any grains in their facility. Trust me, it’s so much better to be safe now than sorry later.

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2 thoughts on “Champagne Thursdays: chili, peach & brown sugar martini

  1. I’ve got a yard full of fresh ghost peppers… might try this recipe with some of those, and substitute mango for the peaches. Over the top? Of course! :)

    • I don’t think any of it sounds over the top, I think it sounds absolutely delicious! I think mango or passionfruit would be just dreamy with it too. You have to let me know how it works out for you, if the combinations are nice I’ll add up the substitutions to the post. Happy drinking!

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