Marmalade martini

The year’s funeral is upon us and we’re a few hours away from dancing on its grave in a glittery novelty hat. It’s time to get maudlin and sentimental, remembering the year in all its glories and skating over the disappointments with a defiant, slightly threatening look.

Setting up this blog and keeping it going for 6 months wheezes into the glories section of my review. Knowing that at any one time 10s of readers are being delighted by the witty reviews, simple recipes and shaky camera work keeps my heart beating. Through it and Twitter, I’ve made new friends (many of whom live conveniently close to me, I’ve discarded the ones with transport issues) and been inspired and encouraged to a level of omnivorousness I didn’t know my stomach could handle. I’ve also got quite fat.

So, at midnight tonight I will be raising a chilled martini glass and slurring: “To new friends and old!” before being sick on myself and then passing out halfway up the stairs. Happy New Year everybody. See you in 2010.

Marmalade martini
Serves 1

50ml good
50ml good
1 tbsp fine shred marmalade
Twist of lemon rind, to serve

1 Place the gin, vodka and marmalade in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a small, chilled martini glass. The shreds will have got left behind and you can fish them out of the shaker and float them down to the bottom of the glass if you like. They make a slightly syrupy puddle at the bottom and look nice.

2 Pare a piece of rind off a lemon – a thin sliver about 1/2cm wide and 5cm long. Twist it into a spiral and float it in the glass. Serve immediately.

Tagged with: GinMartinisVodka

11 Responses to Marmalade martini

  1. Lizzie says:

    Hear hear! I should follow your lead and eliminate those norf londoners. They’re no good for me.

    A happy new year to you; I shall join you in the dancing and sicking.

  2. Sue says:

    Happy New Year have a great one make sure the stairs are carpeted for comfort and you are flying!

  3. Niamh says:

    Argh – my comment was lost!

    Love the photo and it sounds like a delicious martini,

    Happy New Year!

  4. Helen says:

    Hurrah! And double hurrah for Peckham! I am very much liking the sounds of your marmalade martini. Very cheeky indeed. I am wondering if 11.36am is too early for such a treat.

  5. ginandcrumpets says:

    @Lizzie Death To North London is my motto for 2010. I think it’s quite jaunty and upbeat.

    @Sue The stairs are covered in “natural carpeting”, which grates the soles from your feet if you’re foolish enough to wander around without slippers on. I may begin 2010 with an unplanned facial peel.

    @Niamh Thanks, the snow was good for one thing at least!

    @Helen It’s got marmalade in it. It is therefore OK for breakfast.

    Happy New Year ladies, been a pleasure meeting you online and offline.

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  7. Tom says:

    My god these look delicious…. And I am meant to be giving up alcohol.


    • ginandcrumpets says:

      Aren’t we all! Abstinence is what January is all about, sadly. Still, I’m sure I can manage without booze for oooh, a few days. Maybe.

  8. Oli says:

    Happy New Year! You’re a firm favourite in my Google Reader, you must keep it going during 2010. That martini looks too good, I am off booze for January 🙁 Hope to see you soon, was sorry to miss the Christmas party. Oli x

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      Happy new year! A booze free January, for everyone, isn’t it? Although, I’ve decided to have better booze rather than no booze – bound to improve my health. See you Saturday?

  9. browners says:

    Nice cocktail. It’s an absolute belter. Great way to start the New Year in style.

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