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The Burning Mandarin Martini

The perfect blend of sweet and spicy. The heat is perfectly mild. This martini is not too sweet and not too spicy. The overall notes are citrus. I'd definitely recommend making this cocktail if you're looking to impress.

Burning Mandarin Martini

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 sure to impress.

The Burning Mandarin Martini

Servings 1


  • 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


  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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