Debbie and I are pretty excited. Our herb gardens are starting to grow! In fact I already have quite a crop of chives and my thyme and oregano are coming along. If I remember right, it was Debbie that gave me my first herb garden ever! There’s nothing that elevates a dish more than fresh, fragrant herbs and neither of us will ever go without a herb garden in the summer. I think everyone should have their own little herb garden. It’s important! And it’s so easy to plant and grow your own.
All you need is a large round pot (not super large, but at least a foot in diameter), or a rectangular one works great as well. Fill that puppy with potting soil, mix in a little organic fertilizer, and plant one 6” herb for every type you want to include in your garden. I have chives, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and basil every year. If you want to plant mint, put it in its own pot, it will grow huge!
And since we love fresh herbs in our food, last week we started experimenting with herbs in our cocktails. Last weeks was the amazing Passion Fruit, Lime and Basil Margarita, and this week we made a Raspberry Grapefruit Martini with Rosemary. An elegant cocktail with a beautiful dark ruby red color, citrusy and sweet, with the just slightly noticeable fragrance and taste of rosemary.
I love smelling this cocktail, I love drinking this cocktail, and I love making this cocktail for friends. I get a, “Holy shit that’s good!” Pretty much every time!
You could go down to the store and pick up some raspberry juice, grapefruit juice and make this cocktail, however… The flavor of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and homemade raspberry puree are far superior to any store bought juice, I don’t care how fresh and natural the bottle says it is. Yes, it requires more effort and elbow grease than twisting open a lid, but if you choose to follow our lead here, you won’t be sorry you did. Squeezing your own juice for this martini also has somewhat of a self-regulating effect. After you go to the effort of juicing the grapefruits and pushing the raspberries through a sieve, you will sip on this slowly. To savor it. So you don’t have to repeat the effort right away. That’s helpful, because you need to be careful with these! They go down real quick!
- 4 oz raspberry vodka
- 4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 4 oz raspberry puree (frozen raspberries work best)
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 3 rosemary sprigs , chopped
- To make the raspberry puree, blend thawed raspberries in a blender and push it through a sieve. DIscard the pulp.
- First juice your grapefruits and gather the juice in a bowl or a glass.
- Add the vodka and rosemary to a martini shaker. Muddle it well. Add some ice to the martini shaker and then the grapefruit juice and ginger.
- Shake the mixture well and pour into two martini glasses.