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The Blue Martini

The Blue Martini

This Friday, try a colorful cocktail, the Blue Martini!

I first heard of this cocktail around 1998—give or take a year—when it was mentioned on the late daytime soap opera, Guiding Light.  If memory serves correctly, it was a then “new and trendy” drink that was gin-based and had just two ingredients, gin and blue curaçao.  At the time, I was in my experimental period, trying new-to-me cocktails, and so I ordered this new drink when I next ventured out to dine.

More recently, there’s now a similiar drink called a Sapphire Martini.  This version retains the vermouth of an original, classic martini and may or may not call for a splash of lemon juice.  According to Woman’s World magazine (9/24/12), there’s currently a $3,000 Sapphire Martini being served up at the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut!  It won’t cost nearly that much to make it at home.

What you’ll need:  Gin and Blue Curaçao

In a shaker over cracked ice pour in 2 ounces of gin and 1 ounce of blue curaçao.  Shake and then strain into your chilled cocktail glass.  Optionally, garnish with a twist of lemon.

To make the Sapphire Martini:  You’ll need Dry Vermouth in addition to the Blue Martini’s ingredients.  Pour 2 ounces of gin and 1/2 ounce each of blue curaçao and dry vermouth in a shaker over cracked ice.  Shake and then strain into your chilled cocktail glass.

For a fancier presentation, coat the rim of your cocktail glass with lemon juice and coat it with blue sugar.  Alternatively, with either the Blue or Sapphire versions, add a splash of lemon juice if you like.

How I like it:  Bombay Sapphire Gin is the recommended choice for the Sapphire Martini, and it’s the brand of gin I use most often in any event.  I tend to forego the use of lemon juice though, unless I intend to rim the glass with blue sugar.

Be merry and not blue, drink responsibly!

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