Coconut Mint Martini

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  2 drinks
Prep Time:  5 minutes Chilling Time:  2 minutes Cook Time:  0 minutes

Coconut Mint Martini

If you’re looking for a way to liven up your martini, cream of coconut adds a mellow note, and mint gives it a light freshness. Altogether yummy.

Ingredients

Rim:

2 tablespoons sweetened cream of coconut

¼ cup toasted coconut (see Kitchen Tip)

 

Garnish (optional):

2 to 4 large fresh mint leaves

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 toothpicks

 

Drinks:

3 large or 4 small fresh mint leaves

5 ounces vodka

½ ounce dry vermouth

2 teaspoons sweetened cream of coconut

1 cup ice, divided

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare the glasses:  Pour the  cream of coconut into a shallow bowl. Pour the toasted coconut into a second shallow bowl. Holding the martini glasses upside down, dip the rims into the cream of coconut and then into the toasted coconut. Place in the freezer for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the coconut and cream to solidify.
  2. If you wish, make the garnish: Pour the sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll the mint leaves gently in the sugar. Thread 1 or 2 leaves on each toothpick
  3. Prepare the martinis: Place the mint in the bottom of a shaker. Add 1 ounce of the vodka. Muddle the vodka and mint by mashing gently, until the mixture becomes very fragrant. Add the remaining 4 ounces of vodka, the vermouth, and the cream of coconut, and stir well until fully incorporated. Add ½ cup of ice, cover, and shake well. Divide the remaining ice between the chilled glasses. With a fine-mesh strainer, strain the martini into the glasses. Garnish with the candied mint leaves and serve immediately.

Kitchen Tips

  1. Toasted shredded coconut is available in stores, but it’s easy to do yourself. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Scatter the coconut evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, mixing every 3 minutes and watching carefully to make sure that it does not burn, for a total of about 9 minutes, or until lightly browned. Note that sweetened coconut will toast a little faster than unsweetened, so adjust the timing accordingly.

 

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