Making a Green Meanie Martini
Make the ginger syrup and kale juice ahead of time and refrigerate until needed.
- 1 ounce ginger syrup (recipe below)
- 1 ounce kale/apple juice (how to do this in a blender below)
- 2 ounces limoncello (or 1 to 1 ratio of limoncello and vodka)
Add syrup, juice and limoncello to a shaker with ice. Shake, pour into martini glass and garnish with lemon.
Ginger Simple Syrup
- 3/4 to 1 cup thinly sliced ginger, no need to peel
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- Bring all ingredients to a soft boil, turn heat down to medium-high and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. It’s done when it reduces by about half, bubbles like a syrup, and a taste test confirms a strong ginger flavor.
- Strain into seal-able container and refrigerate until needed. Yields about a cup of syrup.
Kale/Apple Juice via a Blender
- 1 bundle of kale leaves, torn from stem (about 14 leaves)
- 1 large apple, chopped (your choice of flavor)
- 1 cup water
- Place items in blender as follows: chopped apple, then kale, then water. Blend until very smooth with no visible chunks. I use a Blendtec and have not tried this in a normal blender.
- Strain resulting smoothie in a nut bag or paint strainer bag over a big bowl. Paint strainer bags are about 1/4 the prices of a nut bag and you can get them at the hardware store.
- Go slow, if it splatters on you, it can stain. Twist the bag like you would a garbage bag and slowly squeeze the juice from the pulp.
- Pour juice in a jar and refrigerate until needed. Attempt to clean the bag. You may save the kale pulp and use in soups or smoothies.
TIP: I used Lacinato Kale for it’s milder flavor but you could try other kales of course.
October 5, 2012 at 10:46 am
This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it!
October 5, 2012 at 11:25 am
I really wanted to add gin to make a more traditional martini but that posed 3 problems:
1. I hate gin
2. I didn’t have any gin
3. I though gin and kale might be too strong together
But if you do try a different blend on this, please let me know how it goes.
October 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm
I do love a good cocktail! Ginger syrup is one of my favorite drink additives.
October 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm
This was my very first ginger syrup and I am now sooo hooked ;-P good stuff. Fighting the urge to put it in everything.
October 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Ha ha ha ha ha ahhhhhh hahahahaha!
October 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm
Susan Voisin posted this cookbook. Have you seen it? Kale is very inspiring!
October 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Yes, she told me about it earlier today. Too bad it’s not a vegan cookbook otherwise I could review it.
October 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm
There’s a project for next month! Veganize it! :)
October 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm
October 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm
I’d love to get all roostered up on this here kale concoction.
2012 MoFo Theme: Homesteadin’ in in October!
October 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm
Hey! I know you! You’re the one with the canned marinara from earlier in the week? Am I right? I’m getting ready to get saucy tonight with some tomato fixin’s.
You should check out Kelly’s blog, http://kohlrabiandquince.wordpress.com/, she’s also doing the putting food away theme for mofo! She’s even got fermented stuff.
October 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm
You are freaking hysterical. This is so creative. Finally kale in a cocktail. Seriously, I could not get beyond the first ‘graph of 50SOG
October 9, 2012 at 4:56 am
A+ for mentioning TPS reports.
October 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Thanks! I wondered if anyone would get that.
October 10, 2012 at 9:58 am
You know you’re at a vegan’s house if they offer you kale in a cocktail! Man, I need more vegans in my day-to-day life again! :D