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Summer Solstice

August 14, 2017

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This delicious (our original recipe) martini took many weeks, before we got exactly the taste we were looking for. That's why you will see a variety of photographs. Our aim was for a refreshing, immediately delicious flavor with a slight layer of spice; also a light red or dark pink, color. We started with a plethora of ingredients just before dinner. The constant star of them all, is Zubrowka special vodka, delivered directly from Poland, the flavor of which adds a certain punch. It took about eight dinners, before we hit our goal. Now we can share our laborious research, with you. Need I say, we had so much fun, experimenting, on your behalf, of course. :) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Here is Dodi, our adorable cat, supervising the project. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients For Two

Martini shaker, strainer, jigger, towel to catch liquid, while shaking

2.5 teaspoons strawberry puree in bottom of each glass (before pouring)

Vodka, 2 jiggers vodka, plus a splash, into shaker

Strawberry liqueur, 3 jiggers, plus a splash, into shaker

Sparkling rose wine, 6 jiggers, plus a splash, into shaker

Container with ice cubes, drain just before adding to shaker

2 Martini picks

Garnish: 1/2 lime, 6 raspberries

Except for this particular, Polish vodka, all of the ingredients are easy to find. For over 30 years, we've been ordering from Sherry-Lehmann, a well-known wine and spirits source in Manhattan. If for some reasons, they don't have what we need, our backup is always Astor Wine & Spirits down on Lafayette Street in the Village. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1. Put the martini glasses in the fridge for 30 minutes of more.

2. Bring all of your ingredients to the same place

3. In a food processor, puree a few fresh strawberries so that you have 1.5 teaspoons of puree for each martini glass.

4. With a small spoon add the puree to the bottom of each glass, before you pour anything.

5. Put three raspberries on each martini pick, then add a pick to each glass.

6. Slice the lime; cut the slice in half, put each half on the edge of glass

7. Measure the vodka, strawberry liqueur and rose wine, and add to the martini shaker.

8. Last, before shaking, add ice cubes bringing the mixture up to the top.

9. Close the shaker tightly, cover shaker with a towel, and shake as vigorously as you can.

10. Pour contents of shaker into glasses. Not necessary to fill up to the very top, since there will be enough in the shaker for round two.

11. Make a toast and enjoy!

This was an experiment, using a strawberry as garnish. They're too big for the garnish on side of a martini glass. Tried it once, didn't work well. Decided to use the much smaller red raspberries. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You're getting a glimpse of our plant wall, a work in progress. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This is a gorgeous martini that will not disappoint. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍We have been enjoying the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center this summer. We recently heard award winning pianist from Iceland, Vikingur Olafsson play Beethoven's Pathetique, and violinist Thomas Zehetmair in Beethoven's violin concerto, both brought the house down! No one could stop clapping and cheering! The audience went wild! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op 13 (Pathetique), 1797

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, 1806

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

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