When my favorite restaurant closed its doors, it took with it a fabulous menu, an extraordinary wine list and an amazing martini cocktail. The Pixie Stix Martini.
On a recent trip down "restaurant memory lane" with my friends (yeah, we're foodie nerds), we reminisced about one of our all-time favorites, JP's Bistro in Minneapolis. While there were heated debates surrounding the succulent merits of the rib eye versus the porterhouse, there was one thing no one would dare to find fault with — the Pixie Stix Martini
. Not only did this martini have the perfect "pucker" that made you stand up and take notice, it was pretty. Carrying it around made you feel gorgeous (granted, depending on how many you had, that could've been the gin). So what else was a girl to do than to try her hand at recreating this beloved little "tini?"
I had instigated many a stealthily planned conversations with the bartenders to get the recipe. While they didn't give up all the goods, I did pick up that I was working with four main ingredients: a pixie stix candy rimmer, gin, midori and blue curacao. Armed with this knowledge, I was off like a dirty shirt.
To get started, you need the stix. You can usually find them at most grocery, party or candy stores. Cut the ends of 10 to 12 pixie stix and empty them into a rimmer dish. If you don't have one, a flat round plate will work just as well. The color of your rimmer will depend on how you mix and match the colors. Reds and oranges will give off a light, pastel color, while the blues, purples and greens create a deeper color. I would recommend not
mixing them all together, unless you're going for the color of mud as the colors will change once mixed with water.
Dip your martini glass into enough water to coat just the rim. One trick I learned was to use a plastic lid from a quart sized take out container. Depending on the size of your martini glass, it should be large enough to fit the glass, and just enough depth for the right water level. Gently shake off any access water, place the glass onto the rimmer and slowly move it in a circle to coat. Let the glass sit a bit to let the rimmer set. Done correctly, this will be your first glimpse of "the pretty."
I don't know about you, but I like my martini's to be bone-chillingly cold. To accomplish this, I'll store my martini shaker in my freezer a few minutes before use. Fill this with the gin, midori, blue curacao and some ice. You will also need something to "cut" the liquor. A lot of cocktail recipes recommend pineapple juice, which totally works. However, for this experiment I tried pure guava nectar juice and it was the jam!
Finally, shake for a few minutes and then pour into the rimmed glass. You'll see the martini go from girl to woman right before your eyes. Trust me, it's a beautiful sight. Enjoy!
Do you have a fave "candy martini?" I would love to hear about it!