Full of sweet raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours this Hot Cross Bun Easter Martini is your favourite springtime treat in cocktail form. It’s easy to make and so perfect to share with friends over the extended weekend. Just don’t forget to infuse the vodka a week or so in advance.
Oh how organised I’m feeling. Smug you might say. And all because I’ve actually got around to getting this Hot Cross Bun Easter Martini out in good time for Easter. Normally I fly by the seat of my pants and often realise, 24 hours ahead of time, that I’m about to miss yet another major food event on my blog. Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday being my most recent case in point. Ooops.
I am slowly learning though – I’ve been eyeballing Easter for a couple of weeks now. My mind has been rapidly ticking away coming up with numerous Easter themed sweet bakes. I’d say my mind ought to settle down now. I could do with getting on with the actual baking and recipe testing since I’d like to share at least one of these bakes with you in time for Easter 2017.
But back to today. I’m particularly pleased that I’ve got this sneaky cocktail ready for you to enjoy since the vodka needs to infuse with raisins and spice for a week or so before you can make the Hot Cross Bun Martini.
I won’t be breaking new ground by reminding you that the traditional hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and gobbled up on Good Friday. Hence my decision to infuse the vodka with raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Once the vodka is ready, it’s a simple case of adding to this springtime festive mix.
Since UK supermarkets are awash with variations on the classic hot cross bun, I’ve taken a few liberties. I’ve added a dash of apple juice and a twist of lemon to create my Hot Cross Bun Easter Martini. The result is an off-dry cocktail that is fruity, sweetly spiced and faintly zesty. Although it is perfect for Easter, I’ve been enjoying it throughout the entire year for the last 3 years. Which is perhaps why I forgot my Hot Cross Bun Easter Martini is all about Easter. Um… I did not share it in 2016… or 2015. Oh dear.
Hot Cross Bun Martini
For the Raisin & Spice Infused Vodka
- 500 ml/ 2 cups Vodka (I used Russian Standard)
- 3 Large cinnamon sticks (each 12-15 cm long)
- 1 Whole nutmeg
- 45 g/ 1/4 cup Raisins
For the Hot Cross Bun Martini - serves 2
- 80 ml/ 1/3 cup Raisin & Spice Infused Vodka
- 45 ml/ 3 tbsp Dry vermouth
- 30 ml/ 2 tbsp Clear apple juice
- 2 Strips lemon
- Lemon twists
Make the Infused Vodka
- Put the raisins and vodka into a wide necked, screw top jar
- Snap the cinnamon sticks and add to the jar
- Use a pestle and mortar to split the nutmeg clove and add to the vodka
- Seal the jar and store for at least 1 week, preferably 2, gently shaking the jar every few days
- Strain to remove the spices and decant into a bottle (you can add the raisins back in if desired)
Make the Cocktail
- Put the vodka, vermouth and apple juice into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
- Strain into 2 martini glasses and twist a strip of lemon over each glass (to release the oils and aroma)
- Garnish with a raisin and a twist of lemon in each glass
- Serve immediately
Fancy a longer springtime drink – try a Baylon Cocktail. It combines Bourbon with pineapple, pear, mint and a hint of cinnamon.