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This sweet pea martini tastes like early summer. I'm not kidding. It's definitely my all-time favourite warm-weather drink, and after you try it, it'll be yours too!
Now, I'm never one to shy away from a classic martini, but if there's a sweet martini option available, it's got my name on it. Even better? This martini is so simple to make, and uses the freshest ingredients.
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The ingredient list for this one is pretty short, so using the best quality ingredients you can find is most certainly key. Fresh sweet peas are by far the best choice if you have it. I've also made this recipe with high quality frozen green peas, and it works pretty well. Everything else should be pretty easy to find at your grocery store!
- Fresh sweet peas
- Fresh lemon juice
- Mint leaves
- Simple syrup
- Gin or vodka
That's it! You're good to go!
What Kind of Gin Should I use?
I know I said you can make this martini with vodka, and you totally can. It adds a clean, crisp flavor to the drink. But if you're feeling a little adventurous, this pairs well with a bright citrusy and floral gin. Something like Tanqueray would work great in this drink.
Shaken or Stirred?
Normally in a martini, you would always want to stir it. However, because we're adding lemon flavoring to this one, we're going to shake it. It helps to open open up the citrus and make the martini really come to life.
One of my favorite types of variations on this drink is to swap the sweet pea with cucumbers. Everything else, all the ingredients and the method remains the same. Although with cucumber, you could swap the lemon for lime and make it into more a a gimlet, also delicious.
How to Serve a Sweet Martini
A martini glass, is of course, always an option. However, they tend to be ginormous for a 3 oz drink. I highly recommend Nick & Nora glasses, or a 5-7 oz coupe if you can find them!
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Sweet Pea Martini
- ¼ C fresh sweet peas or frozen if you can't find fresh
- 4-6 mint leaves
- ¼ oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz gin or vodka
- fresh peas or mint for garnish
- Combine the peas, mint, lemon juice and simple syrup in a Boston shaker. Muddle thouroughly until the peas have burst and the mint is fragrant. Add your gin or vodka, half fill the shaker with ice, and then shake for 45 seconds. Double strain into a coup or a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with fresh peas or mint leaves.
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