The perfect blend of spicy and sweet. The Burning Mandarin Martini isn’t too hot, but has just heat enough to make it interesting. This is a sophisticated cocktail and is sure to impress.

The Burning Mandarin Martini

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 thin slices fresh serrano pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces Absolute Mandarin vodka
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 orange wedge

Instructions

  1. Place 1 slice Serrano pepper into a cocktail shaker and mash lightly with a muddler. Add vodka, lemon and orange juices, simple syrup and cranberry juice.
  2. Fill shaker with ice. Place a mixing glass over the cocktail shaker, hold together firmly and shake back and forth 10 times.
  3. Run the orange wedge around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass into the sugar. Strain the cocktail into the sugar-lined martini glass. Coat the remaining slice of Serrano with the remaining sugar; float on the liquid as a garnish.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Katsuya Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles.

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