Peaches and bling

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It’s sexy cocktail time! This little gem is from New York’s Empire Hotel, where one of the Sex and the City 2 scenes was shot… you know, the poorly rated movie version of the long-running hit show. The hotel created cocktails inspired by the show’s characters. Apparently, this drink was inspired by Carrie.

For this cocktail, you will need: Your favorite vodka (I like flavorless ones like Skyy), sanding sugars, silver sugar beads, granulated sugar, fresh peaches, ginger root, lemons, ice and a cocktail shaker.

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Peel and remove the pit from the fresh peaches and puree them in a blender. Set aside. Mix up the water, sugar, and grated ginger root for the simple syrup in the small saucepan and heat to boiling. Continue boiling until the mixture reduces and thickens. Cool this until it’s at least room temperature.

Rim pre-chilled glasses with the silver and red sanding sugars.

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Assemble. Fill a cocktail shaker about 1/3 full of ice, add peach puree, ginger syrup, lemon juice and vodka and shake it good. Pour into a sugar-rimmed glass.

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Toss in a few silver sugar beads for bling.

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Salut!
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Peaches and Bling Martini
(adapted from NYC Empire Hotel)
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. fresh peach puree
3/4 oz. ginger-infused simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
Silver and red sanding sugar (for rim)
Silver sugar beads (for bling)

Directions:
To make the peach puree, peel a peach and put it in a blender for about 10-15 seconds. To make the ginger syrup, bring half a cup of water and half a cup of sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Throw in some fresh chopped ginger. Reduce, and stir until the mixture thickens. Strain out the ginger and let the syrup cool. In a cocktail shaker, combine the peach puree, the ginger syrup, the lemon juice and the vodka; shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with the sanding sugar. Drop the silver sugar beads in the bottom of the glass for more “bling.”

High heels are optional.

Lavender Lemon Martini

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Because it’s Friday, the sun is shining, it’s 75 degrees in Portland! The end of the school year is in sight! It’s time to unwind, and begin the transition into summer. I have the perfect refreshing drink for you. It’s sweet, tart, cold, and delicious!

You will need:
Sugar
Vodka
Lemons
Agave syrup
Water
Crushed ice
Lavender sprigs

Directions:
Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Place a few tablespoons of sugar onto a plate or other flat surface. Dip the rim of the chilled glass into the sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with crushed ice, add 3 oz of vodka, 1/8 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon agave syrup, 3 oz  cold water. Shake well. Pour into sugar rimmed glasses. Add a lemon slice and a few sprigs of lavender to each martini.

Enjoy!

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Have a great weekend!