Citrus Cilantro Martini with a Kick

On evenings when I need something to put a smile on my face, I find my hubby's Citrus Cilantro Martini...with a kick, does just the trick.   He makes several different variations, mixing fruits and herbs, but this one is my go to cocktail. With the weekend fast approaching, I thought this was a good time to share some citrus cocktail cheer.

Ingredients

Makes 1 (strong) Martini
 
1/2 c Vodka (of your choice, we like Tito's, Kettle One, Belvedere)
Splash of simple syrup*
Juice of pink or red grapefruit
juice of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1/2 lime
mint or cilantro leaves
1/4 tsp minced jalapeño

*Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar brought to a boil and then let to cool.  Refrigerate for future use.

 JC squeezing up some citrus goodness

JC squeezing up some citrus goodness

Put all the above ingredients into a shaker with ice, and do your best jig.  Shaking for 30 seconds or until you feel like you've jumped around enough.  Pour into a martini glass, add a few cilantro leaves and sit back and let the kick kick in.

 
 Grapefruit with cilantro 

Grapefruit with cilantro 

I find this drink both refreshing and warming at the same time, which makes it perfect for any season.  The crispness of the grapefruit is clean and light.  Definitely use the pink or red version, as the traditional yellow kind can be too tart. The jalapeño gives it the heat which warms you up. Plus the color is just plain inviting.  I clink my virtual glass to yours wishing you a wonderful weekend.