Our Low Carb Blue Martini is the perfect summer cocktail. It is so easy to make and presents in a way that will dazzle your guests. It looks tropical with a mildly fruity flavor, but it is a strong martini that martini lovers will appreciate. Even though most are getting ready for Fall, our Fall in Arizona is still in the 90s, so we still dream of tropical vacations. A Low Carb Blue Martini will take you there.
The key to this dazzling martini is the color. The vibrant blue comes from the Curaçao. But, so do the carbs! So, even a little less Curaçao and a paler blueish color may be warranted. It is not Keto, but it sure makes a party statement. Curaçao is made from the peels of the Laraha Citrus Fruit. It is sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. It is a unique liqueur. We have used Curaçao before in our Blue Hawaiian Cocktail.
Low Carb Blue Martini
Most martinis are either made with Gin or Vodka. Traditionalists would say that simply telling a bartender you would like a martini automatically meant gin and vermouth. Then, how did the vodka martini become so popular? “Bond, James Bond . . . ” That’s right, the lingo now also includes “vodka martini shaken, not stirred” thanks to the Bond movies. The reason martini’s were stirred and not shaken was so as not to chip the ice. Maybe Bond liked a little ice chips in his martini. Too many decisions for us!
Let’s finish the Bond history lesson. Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel (“Casino Royale”) is where James Bond ordered his first martini, and indeed it was with a combination of vodka and gin. It was also shaken. In “Live and Let Die” (Fleming’s second Bond novel), he ordered a vodka martini. In fact, in many other novels he ordered his martini with just Gin. Confused yet?
We are sticking with the original, a combination of Gin and Vodka. Skip the vermouth and use Curaçao. If you want a bit more citrus flavor, add a dash of our Margarita Mix. It is the perfect sweet and sour mix. We implore you to use a top shelf vodka (Ketel One, Grey Goose, or Belvedere) and we also like Blue Sapphire Gin.
You want a chilled martini glass for our Low Carb Blue Martini. That is easy. Just fill a martini glass with ice cubes and let it sit for a couple minutes. Don’t put your martini glass in the refrigerator – you want the glass neat and clean and not with all those unique refrigerator smells. When you are ready to pour your drink, discard the ice cubes.
Make sure you use a quality shaker. Cheaper versions do leak and that is not a pleasant picture. We like stainless for a shaker and recommend a top quality one from SNOWFOX. It can be found here. Fill your shaker with ice cubes and then pour all the ingredients and shake very vigorously. Pour immediately into your chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice or peel and serve cold.
Low Carb Blue Martini – Shaken Not Stirred
Even if you are ready for Fall, have one last summer blast and enjoy this truly vibrant Low Carb Blue Martini. The color alone will dazzle your guests and the blended tastes will make it a classic for your bar. Think of Bond on the beach!
- 3 ounces Vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces Blue Sapphire Gin
- 1 ounce Curaçao
- 2 cups Ice (cubed)
- 1 slice Orange (garnish)
- Fill a martini glass with one cup of ice and let sit for 2 minutes. Discard the ice.
- Pour all the listed ingredients into a shaker filled with 1 cup of ice.
- Shake vigourously and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice and serve cold.