Starfruit Martini: When Things Just Go Wrong
This is for those days when, regardless of all your efforts, things just go awry. Upon first glance, you see what looks like a happy, positive drink, all bright and sunshiny yellow, with that happy star on the rim like a smiley face. You bring the glass to your lips, but then you taste it. Not sweet at all. In fact, it’s on the dry and bitter side—it is a martini after all. Another sip, and you sense its subtlety, the complex flavors at play, perfectly balanced, with nothing seeking dominance—a martini like no other. And then it hits you… It’s not about distracting you from life and its vicissitudes with Pollyannic sweetness. And as you finish it, you realize that the only way out is through. And you nod your head, a knowing half-smile for the bartender, as you order another round…
STARFRUIT MARTINI 1½ parts Hendrick’s Gin ½ part Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth ¼ part Domaine de Canton* ¼ part Yellow Chatreuse ½ part fresh Starfruit juice** dash of Hella Bitters Ginger Lemon bitters Shake ingredients over ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a starfruit star on the rim. *St. Germain may be substituted for a slightly sweeter drink.
**Muddle two or three slices of fresh Star Fruit, then discard all but the juice.