Beetnik Martini

This is from the uber fabulous Dogwood Cocktail Cabin in Crested Butte, CO-one of the most fun places for a drink and hors d’oeuvres! It appeared in Bon Appetit!¬†All of the cocktails are delicious there but this is one of my favorites!

Beet Vodka

Vodka and syrup

6 medium beets (about 2.5#) scrubbed, trimmed

1 750 ml bottle of vodka

3/4 c. sugar

2 T. grated peeled ginger

Cook beets in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender( or roast in tin foil at 400) about 1 hour or more, depending on the size. Drain, let cool slightly. Peel and slice. Combine in a 1 1/2 quart jar (save vodka bottle for finished product) Cover and chill for at least 5-7 days. Strain into bowl and discard beets. Pour beet vodka into reserved bottle. Chill.

Bring sugar, ginger and 3/4 c. water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool and strain into a medium jar, discard ginger. Beet vodka and ginger syrup can be made one month ahead. Keep chilled separately.

Assembly

3 ounces fresh lemon juice

3 ounces fresh lime juice

12 lemon slices

  • For each cocktail, combine 2 ounces beet vodka, 1/2 ounces ginger syrup, 1/4 oz. lemon juice, and 1/4 oz. lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until cocktail shaker is very cold. Strain drink into a coupe or Martini glass. Float a lemon slice on top.