Bitter orange & cardamom martini
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Bitter orange & cardamom martini
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.72 / 5
Infused with that wonderful aroma of orange and spices reminiscent of Christmas, this is a wonderful take on classic Christmas scents and flavours. Infused with that wonderful aroma of orange and spices reminiscent of Christmas, this is a wonderful take on classic Christmas scents and flavours.
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Base ingredient
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Marmalade
Garnish
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Cardamom
Alcohol content
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20.38% | 3.2 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini intriguingly merges the zestful allure of Cointreau and citrus with the warmly spiced undertones of cardamom. These sophisticated layers of flavour, enhanced with vodka's neutral base and a touch of marmalade's sweetness, result in a compelling, festively nuanced cocktail that masterfully balances the bitterness with aromatic sweetness.

Method
How to make a Bitter orange & cardamom martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Heat up the marmalade gently in a saucepan to make it runny
Add in the cardamom pods and crush to release their flavour
Once warmed for a couple of minutes take off the heat and leave to cool for 20 minutes
Once cooled, add the Cointreau and lemon juice to a mixing glass and add in the marmalade cardamom mixture, and stir to combine
Take a chilled martini glass and add a dollop of marmalade to the bottom, before pouring in the mixture
Serve with a cardamom pod floating on top to garnish

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·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to prepare the cardamom pods for the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini?

The best way to prepare the cardamom pods for this cocktail is to gently crush them before adding them to the cocktail mix. This helps release their aromatic oils and flavor without overwhelming the drink. You can use the flat side of a knife or a mortar and pestle to lightly crack them open before stirring them into the drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the Cointreau in the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini?

Yes, you can substitute Cointreau with other orange-flavored liqueurs such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec. However, keep in mind that each liqueur has its own sweetness and alcohol content, which can slightly alter the taste and strength of the martini.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini if I find it too sweet?

If you find the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini too sweet, you can adjust the sweetness by reducing the amount of marmalade or Cointreau. Alternatively, you can add a bit more lemon juice to add acidity and balance out the sweetness.

FAQ

What is the significance of stirring instead of shaking this martini?

Stirring the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini instead of shaking helps to maintain a silky texture and clarity in the drink. Shaking can introduce air bubbles and cause the ingredients, especially the marmalade, to emulsify, leading to a cloudier and slightly frothier drink. Stirring keeps it smooth and allows for a more delicate integration of flavors.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini?

Yes, to make a non-alcoholic version of the Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini, you can substitute the vodka and Cointreau with non-alcoholic spirits that mimic their flavor profile. For the vodka, look for a clear, non-alcoholic spirit, and for the Cointreau, use an orange-flavored non-alcoholic syrup or cordial. Adjust the ratios to taste, keeping in mind the sweetness and flavor intensity of your substitutes.

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