Grey Goose instead of Smirnoff let's say. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup cranberry juice, cranberries and jalapeno. Next, add the strawberries, let cook on medium heat for 5 more minutes, turn down to medium low and add the extracts. Remove from the heat. 4-5 Tbsp cooled strawberry simple syrup 1 capful lemon extract, For the Martini: Or you could let cool and blend in a blender, but be sure not to add it too hot. 4 slices jalapeno (2 each) 2 c. filtered water Taste of Home is America's #1 cooking magazine. To make the drinks. Bring to a boil. These can be used in salsas, stuffed, or eaten straight with cheeseburgers (my personal favorite). I make a big batch when I'm hosting a party because it tends to disappear quickly. I'm the first to review, but I wish I'd had some other reviews to go on. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes. For the Strawberry Simple Syrup (makes enough for 4-6 drinks): glassful ice. 1 c. raw sugar 1 lemon, juiced Start by making the simple syrup. Bring the water and sugar to a bubble (over medium high heat), turn down to medium heat and stir, occasionally, cooking for another 5 mins. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. For each serving, fill a mixing glass or tumbler three-fourths full with ice. Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. Add 3 ounces vodka, 1 tablespoon cranberry juice and 1 tablespoon cranberry syrup; stir until condensation forms on outside of glass. 1 capful vanilla extract You can now get jalapenos with various heat level and sizes. I describe this cocktail as slightly tart, a little sassy and completely delicious. Cooking for another 10 minutes, smash the strawberries, or for a more smooth consistency, use a hand emerson blender to blend the syrup to a puree like consistency. But by the second and third cocktail, I liked them better. For the Martini: 3-4 oz. —Kelli Haetinger, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cranberry-Jalapeno Martini Recipe photo by Taste of Home. I usually can’t wait too long, so I put it in the freezer, I also make sure to pour it over a glassful of ice. Blend until combined, about 30 seconds. 1 c. organic strawberries 31 Slow Cooker Dip Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock-Pot, Christmas Tree Delivery Is a Thing and We’re So on Board, Do Not Sell My Personal Information – CA Residents, 1/2 teaspoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper, Fresh mint leaves and additional cranberries. For the Strawberry Simple Syrup (makes enough for 4-6 drinks): 2 c. filtered water 1 c. raw sugar 1 c. organic strawberries 1 capful vanilla extract 1 capful lemon extract. Add the ice, vodka, simple syrup, and 1/2 lemon juiced per drink. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties. Garnish with a strawberry and a lime wheel. There is a subtle hint of the jalapeno, I don't know that it's necessary, but it makes the cocktail a bit interesting. Instructions: Makes 2 drinks. vodka 4-5 Tbsp cooled strawberry simple syrup 1 lemon, juiced 4 slices jalapeno (2 each) 1 strawberry, sliced (garnish) glassful ice. Add 2 slices jalapeno to each glass. Mix by pouring to and from another glass. i am in south africa though and dont think i have ever seen this, turbinado (washed raw) sugar, what can i use as substitute. Serve with strawberry garnish. Garnish with fresh mint and cranberries for an extra-special touch. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. I'm on the fence with this cocktail. This might sound obvious but, the first cocktail wasn't impressive to me in fact, I vowed not to make this recipe again. vodka Garnish with mint and cranberries if desired. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. I think it would have been better if I'd used a better brand of vodka. 3-4 oz. Let syrup cool before using it for drinks. Cover and refrigerate syrup for at least 2 hours or until chilled. Strain, discarding cranberries and jalapeno. Divide between two chilled cocktail glasses. i cant wait to try this. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, and jalapeño to a blender. 1 strawberry, sliced (garnish) Repeat.