Friday, April 10, 2009

Balia Rimona

This week’s cocktail was created by one of Felicia’s bartenders, Melissa Brill. Desiring a fruity yet not-too-sweet drink, Melissa developed this classy martini whose flavor boasts complexity and smoothness. Both the citrus vodka and the optional bitters add the essence of orange, while the Pimm’s and pomegranate juice add fruitiness.

Melissa’s inspiration for this cocktail comes, not surprisingly, from her family history. Her Italian grandmother, who everyone affectionately called Balia, had an affinity for drinking vodka with pomegranate juice and an orange wedge. When tipsy, Balia told her grandchildren comical stories about her early years working as a nanny in Italy. I just made all of that up.

Melissa notes that this martini can double as a slushie if you whirl it up with ice in a blender.

Balia Rimona

1 oz Pimms No. 1 Cup (a gin-based spirit)
¾ ounce citrus vodka
1 oz pomegranate juice
½ ounce orange bitters (optional)
orange twist

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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