Sunday, February 6, 2011

Red Lotus Necklace, Inspired by a Cocktail

When one of my friends - Jenn Erickson of Rook No. 17 - posted a recipe for a Red Lotus Martini on her blog, I was intrigued.  And I finally knew what to do with a sterling silver lotus blossom charm that I have had in my box of supplies!

I handwired the sterling silver charm with beads in two shades of red recycled glass and a tiny garnet round to form this one of a kind pendant and suspended it on a simple sterling silver chain.  The necklace closes with a sterling silver lobster clasp.

I will be listing this necklace on etsy soon.  Until then, here's Jenn's Red Lotus Martini recipe.  Cheers!

Red Lotus Martini
makes 2 martinis

Slice of lemon & red sugar for garnish
Cocktail Shaker
Handful of ice
8 oz. Red Lotus Punch*
2 oz. Vodka
1 Lychee fruit on a decorative pick for garnish

Prepare two martini glasses by rubbing the rims with the lemon slice.  Then, dunk rim in a shallow dish filled with the red sugar.  

In a cocktail shaker, put ice, punch, and vodka.  Cover and shake.  Pour in to prepared martini glasses and garnish with one of the lychees from the punch and a decorative pick.
*Red Lotus Punch (makes one large pitcher)
64 oz. Cranberry Cocktail
1 15 oz. can Lychee Fruit (found in the Asian food section of most markets)
1 1/4 cups Passion Fruit Juice
1/3 cup Grenadine (good quality pomegranate based, rather than high fructose based)

Put all ingredients in a large pitcher, including the fruit & juice from the can of Lychees.  Rest  in the refrigerator for several hours before serving, to allow time for the flavors to marry.

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