Tiny journeys in my kitchen: a gift from Autumn (& clementine martini)
|November 21, 2011||Posted by ameliaps under Drinks and cocktails, winter|
Autumn brought this gift in my kitchen:
I peeled the minuscule clementine
(bright orange but unassuming)
the scent from the zest’s oils hit my nose,
the sugary tart juice hit my taste buds,
and there he was…
right inside the citruses segments:
with his sigarette-stained hands
his black mustache and sideburns
in a patterned demode’ 70s sweater.
I saw him embracing me gently:
I must have been 4.
Just like that,
a flashback from my past,
inside the fragrance of a November clementine,
a sweet memory hit my synapses.
I cannot wait to visit my father this Christmas, in Italy. I know we will sit in the kitchen peeling clementines and telling stories. We will also stir up an excellent Martini while listening to jazz music and setting up the fireplace. He makes the perfect Martini with the lemons from his garden in Sorrento. But here is my interpretation, with clementines instead of lemons.
- 2 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1/2 oz strained fresh clementine juice
- 1 clementine peel, twisted
- orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
- Pour all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir briefly.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass
- Add a dash of orange or angostura bitters
- Garnish with a clementine peel, twisted or a segment.
[For reference: previous “tiny journeys in my kitchen” posts: 1. a simple lunch (toast) 2. coffee for you (cappuccino) 3. Mediterranean simplicity (pasta al limone) 4. 5 minutes a day (& a small microwave tea-cake) 5. Full cup, empty bowl, half-full glass]