Just for kicks, it being Independence Day and all, I thought a red, white and blue martini might be fun. Blue is a hard color to come by in cocktails unless you use an artificially colored liquor, but I happened to have on hand a bottle of B'lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract, sent to me by Wild Hibiscus, that is a naturally occuring deep blue color. I'd been dying to play with this and I finally saw an opportunity.
You have to be careful with B'lure if you want to maintain the blue color, because if you add any acidic element to your cocktail the B'lure will immediately start to turn from blue to pink to purple depending on how much acid you add. That's cool too, and something I want to play with more down the road, but for a July 4th theme I needed that blue. I also needed the cocktail itself to be completely clear before adding the B'lure drops. That pretty much meant clear booze all around. Because the butterfly pea flower extract has sugar in it and has a mild floral essence, I went with cherry vodka and Maraschino liqueur then used regular vodka and chocolate bitters to balance their sweetness.
Yes, it's a powerful martini but it's meant to be sipped as you watch the fireworks and you need something with some bang for that!
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