I did another cocktail with Drink of the Week, this time with bell peppers.
The bell pepper cocktail have been haunting me with its illusiveness. I had heard of bell pepper gimlets, but had never seen one on a menu. Someone won a bar-tending contest with a bell pepper martini, but it was some place far away like L.A., and of no use to me.
So since I have a flood of bell peppers coming in from the garden, we decided to give it a try. We muddled bell pepper with mint, shook it with a mixture of citrus juices, vodka, and herb liqueur, and ended up with something quite delicious. As Drink of the Week described it: “It was light, refreshing, and slightly spicy. The grapefruit and the bell pepper complimented each other, since both combine sweetness with a little hint of bitter.”
Naturally, you don’t have to use homegrown bell peppers–store bought works too. Here’s the recipe:
Ultimate Bell Pepper Cocktail
- 2 bell pepper rings
1 tbs. mint
1 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. lemon juice (or orange juice if you want it sweeter)
1 1/2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. Galliano liqueur or another herbal liqueur like Chartreuse
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint and bell pepper with the grapefruit and lemon juices. Add ice, vodka, and liqueur. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with bell pepper ring.