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Martha Stewart may love sipping on the occasional glass of her namesake 19 Crimes "Martha's chard" chardonnay, but when the weather warms up and the days start to become longer, Stewart says it's officially time to break out the cocktail shaker.
Since the official start of summer is right around the corner, we caught up with Stewart to find out her favorite summer cocktails—plus, how she likes to make them.
Stewart says, "My Pomegranate Martha-rita is one of my favorite summer cocktails." These fruity margaritas are a fresh and summery spin on the standard "Martha-Rita" recipe and use frozen pomegranate juice to get their signature frosty texture. They also feature a salt-and-sugar rim for a pleasant, surprising touch. Serve them in a big Baccarat Martha-rita goblert for the ultimate warm-weather treat. Want the full recipe? See below.
How to Make Frozen Pomegranate Martha-ritas
5 ¼ cups pomegranate juice (such as POM)
1 cup fresh lime juice (from 6 to 8 limes), plus more for rims
¾ cup Casa Dragones tequila Blanco
⅓ cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons orange liqueur or triple sec
Coarse salt and turbinado sugar, for rims
Divide pomegranate juice among three ice cube trays; freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
Working in two batches, puree juice cubes, lime juice, tequila, granulated sugar, and liqueur in a blender until smooth.
Combine equal parts salt and turbinado sugar on a plate; place additional lime juice in a shallow bowl. Dip rims of glass in juice, then salt and sugar mixture. Pour margaritas into glasses and serve.
A Vodka Martini...with a Twist
Stewart says she loves "a really, really, really good Zubrowka or Belevedere martini." For the unfamiliar, Zubrowka is a type of Polish rye vodka that's infused with blades of bison grass. It has subtle notes of vanilla, anise and cinnamon. While this vodka sounds incredibly luxe and rare, bottles range from $25-$30 and can be found at Total Wine, Drizly and more.
When it comes to garnishing her vodka martinis, Stewart likes to keep it simple. She says she likes to garnish hers with olives, but occasionally she'll switch it up and "sometimes use orange—you don't have to necessarily use lemon." Okay, Martha, you've officially sold us: Sipping an ice cold martini with an orange twist by the pool this summer sounds delightful.
Grapefruit and Tequila or Grapefruit and Vodka
Stewart says, "I love grapefruit and tequila, or fresh grapefruit juice and vodka." For the freshest grapefruit juice, don't just grab a bottle from the grocery store. Take a page from Stewart's book and use a citrus press. We think the salt-and-sugar rim from the Pomegranate Martha-rita would make a great addition to Stewart's tequila and grapefruit juice cocktail, while a squeeze of lime would really make the grapefruit and vodka version sing.
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