In South Florida, vodka tends to be the spirit of choice. With the lifestyle and weather down here, it totally makes sense: it's light and refreshing, low in calories, mixes well with anything, and it doesn't have much depth.
Not to mention, martinis are just fun -- and oh, so smooth.
To get in on the martini action, we got Bogart's Bar & Grille bartender Vincent "Vinny" Desposito to give us one of his favorite vodka recipes.
While mandarin vodka is one of the most popular flavored spirits in the market today, it was offered in US markets more than a decade after the first flavored vodka was introduced. In 1986, Absolut Peppar became the first flavored vodka to come into existence -- Mandarin did not come about until 1999. Although many other brands have cottoned on to infusing aromas into the "flavorless and odorless" spirit, Absolut is still the most commonly known.
For this recipe, feel free to use any distillery you like.
1 ounce Mandarin vodka
1 ounce Coconut rum
1 ounce Cranberry juice
1 ounce Pineapple juice
Orange wheel, to garnish
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel.
Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.