Check out what Veronica grew. It’s Buddha’s hand, also known as fingered citron. How rad is that?
The fruit…She said it’s basically all peel, no juice or meat inside. It’s like a bitter orange, or lemon. I get it, orange….only bitter. Well, maybe I don’t really get it.
Veronica candied the peel in a simple syrup. Then she separated the candied fruit and the syrup. She will probably use it in a fruit cake. But the syrup….that’s a cocktail in the making. Vodka, Buddha’s hand syrup, maybe a splash of pomegranate juice (cuz it’s the new cranberry juice, like red is the new black or something). Shake it, serve it. Now you’ve got my interest.
Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say, on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day. And this cocktail will make you feel like you really are in the land where the palm trees sway. Stephanie and I had this fabulous Hawaiian martini at Roy’s in Newport Beach. The bartender was kind enough to give me the recipe. It’s easy to make, but it takes a few days. I’ll meet you at Roy’s if you want one today. Stephanie and Sibley, I know you’re game:) Mele Kalikimaka!
Roy’s Original Hawaiian Martini
SKYY Vodka (1.75 LTR)
Stoli Vanilla Vodka (1.75 LTR)
Malibu Coconut Rum (1.75 LTR)
3 Maui Pineapples, skin removed and cut into spears
Combine all ingredients and let the flavors combine for 3 days.
Shake with ice and serve in a SMALL martini glass. It’s all booze, even if it doesn’t taste that strong. Trust me on the small martini glass thing. We learned the hard way.