Afternoon in Madagascar
2 measures TRU organic Vanilla Vodka
1 measure fresh lime juice
0.5 measure simple syrup
5 mint leaves
Gently muddle mint and simple syrup in the bottom of the cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, and lime juice. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. If you’re feeling especially creative make a mint simple syrup by mixing hot water, sugar, and fresh mint leaves. Standard simple syrup is 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water, and heavy syrup is 2 cups sugar to 1 cup water, but we avoid extra sugar because it’s unhealthy and we don’t like sweet drinks. So experiment with 1 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar (or less). Bring the water to simmer, remove the pan from heat, stir in the sugar until it’s dissolved, and mix in bruised mint leaves. Mint leaves can be crushed, bruised, clapped, sliced… you can do whatever you want to them as long as it disturbs the leaf enough for it to release the aromatic oils. The oils are essential for infusing the syrup with an intense mint personality. Use 5 to 10 mint leaves depending on size, health, and how minty you want the syrup to taste. Allow the mint syrup to sit for a while. Then strain to remove mint leaves. You can use the syrup to mix cocktails or to brew hot mint tea.
Pay homage to the small island off the coast of Africa that cultivates and exports a substantial amount of the world’s vanilla bean supply. Thank you Madagascar. We drink to you and the farmers who nurture and hand picked the vanilla beans we all cherish so much.
Drink to good health!