Yes, Beets and beet juice can improve athletic performance, it’s true. So, we decided to set out and make a beet martini. No, I doubt it will do a lot for your athletic performance, but it is a delicious and (sort of) nutritious way to enjoy a colorful new drink! Have a try!
The Beet Martini
1 bottle Chopin or other Potato Vodka
3 Fresh Organic Beets
2-4 cups Blood Orange or Fresh Orange Juice (I just bought fresh squeezed OJ from WF)
4 Meyer Lemons, juiced
2 Fresh Limes, juiced
Simple Syrup to taste
6-8 ea. Fresh Basil Leaves
Lemon Twist, garnish
Cut tops off beets and wash. Place in boiling water for about ten minutes. Remove from pan, rinse under cold water and scrape off tough outer skin. Slice and add to vodka in a glass pitcher or jar. Infuse for three days.
When ready to mix drinks, remove beets with a strainer spoon and discard. In a glass pitcher, add the vodka and chill. Meanwhile squeeze 3 Meyer lemons and three limes into a glass container. Add the orange juice. Crush the basil leaves in a small amount of simple syrup with a wooden spoon. Add to juice mixture and sweeten with simple syrup to taste. Leave it slightly tart.
To mix drinks, add ice to a cocktail strainer, juice and two shots of vodka. Shake and strain off ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Note: Measurements are approximate, so it may need a little tweaking to ‘taste’. Enjoy in moderation! Cheers!