Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Prickly Pears are Perfect for muddling!
Today I was lucky enough to be given a beautiful glass vase of prickly pears. Pealed off the soft "prickly" skin (not really prickly at all, more cartoon dinosaury' if anything). threw the guts (seeds and meat) into the glass muddled it up with a splash of lime and proceeded to add some gin. Haymans Old Tom Gin to be specific. Shake it and strain into a martini glass.
I know the first inclination is prickly pear margarita's. But I love pairing sweet & the more tart fruits with gin. It just works on these hotter than a devil's armpit days!
For the record:
one prickly pear
one splash of lime
4 sec pour of gin (or more! if you're "thirsty")
shaken and strain into chilled martini glass.
garnish with a lime and prickly pear gut open face sandwich.
sphered lime with a little chunk of prickly pear atop, slice it through the martini glass.
for fun stats about click here Haymans OLD tom Gin, prickly pears & why they should get married!
Family Owned, been around forever, a botanical gin (think fragrant) all gins contain juniper so fragrant gins take it all a step further with orange peels, corriander, cucumber world etc...
here is an amazing link to click here gin world
Cactus. fruit. Yummy. "Some" believe it lowers bad cholesterol.
Everyone knows that cactus= cowboy and who doesn't want to be a cowboy?
So, drinking gin, which= brittish people and pairing it with cowboys is a beautiful representation in a cocktail glass of the beginnings of America.