Recently went to the Slanted Door at the Ferry Building for dinner (http://www.slanteddoor.com/) and had the “Phantasm” which is lemongrass infused vodka, lime and falernum. Falernum is a sweet syrup used in tropical drinks. It contains flavors of almond, ginger and/or cloves, and lime, and sometimes vanilla or allspice.
Last week I was in Alameda and went to Hanger One distillery located on the old Alameda Navel Air Station. Picked up a bottle of the Kaffir Lime vodka and put it in the refrigerator. Hanger One makes small batches of hand crafted vodkas. They make straight vodka along with infused vodkas such as: citron, raspberry, kaffir lime and mandarin blossom. Check out their site: http://www.hangarone.com/ or better yet, go for a tasting and tour.
My inspiration for the lemongrass martini came from both Slanted Door and Hanger One. Enjoy!
1 ½ oz. Kaffir Lime Hanger One Vodka
½ oz. Skyy Citron Vodka
¾ oz. Lemongrass simple syrup
Lemongrass Simple Syrup
1 C. sugar
1 C. water
1 C. lemongrass sliced (1/2 pieces – about 3 stalks)
Use a medium sauce pan. Put sugar and water in the pan and cook over medium heat until dissolved and hot. Add the lemongrass and cook over medium for about 5 minutes. Let sit for 30 minutes to fully infuse the lemongrass flavor and then strain into an airtight container and place into the refrigerator.
Place martini ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a pre-chilled glass. Accent each martini with a lemongrass stick – about 4 to 5 inches long. Add lime and lemon swirl.