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Easter Martinin inspired by Hot Cross Bun Flavours, garnished with lemon, cinnamon and raisin
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Hot Cross Bun Martini

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail, Drink - alcoholic
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 117kcal


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/ ¼ cup Raisins

For the Hot Cross Bun Martini - serves 2

  • 80 ml/ ⅓ cup Raisin & Spice Infused Vodka
  • 45 ml/ 3 tablespoon Dry vermouth
  • 30 ml/ 2 tablespoon Clear apple juice
  • 2 Strips lemon


  • Raisins
  • 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


The infused vodka will keep for a very long time in an airtight bottle.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g