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The Starrs

19-Feb-2005

Grrr….  Spaces is trying to make sure we don’t do anything bad here, so I can’t use the word "Cocktails" in the title.  How dumb is that?  Okay, back to what I actually wanted to write about.

The Starr Cocktails

Several years ago I found myself with a plethora of Satsuma Oranges around holiday time. I love the little guys and buy them like crazy when they are available. I’m sure at the time I had some intended use for them but for some reason I either had a ton leftover or just never used them for the originally planned purpose.

I didn’t want them to go to waste so I started using them in all kinds of things. I happen to be a big fan of martini-like cocktails and so I started experimenting with using the juice in various versions of cocktails. Over the years I’ve refined the recipe somewhat and I’ve also come up with several variations. I call them my line of "Starr Cocktails".

The original is named the Holiday Starr – because that’s when I created it and when Satsumas are most readily available. It has become a tradition on my annual Whistler Ski Trip with friends. (A trip we won’t be taking this year, since the snow has been so lacking!) You can’t believe how refreshing and relaxing it is to sip one of these after a day of skiing while soaking in the Jacuzzi! :-)

And the "Starr" comes from "Brenda Starr, Girl Reporter" as that is who I am named after.  My mom says it was the book character, not the comic strip but I’m still not sure how I really feel about that!  :-)

I thought you might enjoy this recipe so here it is! I’m also providing a couple of variations to spark your own experimentation.

Holiday Starr
1 ½ oz Vodka
1 ½ oz Fresh lime sweet and sour (see recipe below)
½ – ¾ oz Fresh squeezed Satsuma juice or other tangerine juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into chilled martini glass.

Lime Sweet and Sour
Mix:
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (I like mine tart so I use a generous cup)
1 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)

Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. (However, it’s best when used within a day or so.)

Substitute lemon for the lime to make lemon sweet and sour or ½ lemon and ½ lime for “regular” sweet and sour.

Simple Syrup
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Bring to boil over medium heat. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Cool and then store at room temperature until needed. Keeps indefinitely.

Vanilla Starr
1 ½ oz Absolut Vanilla Vodka (other vanilla vodkas such as Stoli’s may be too strongly vanilla)
1 ½ oz Fresh lime sweet and sour
½ – ¾ oz Fresh squeezed Satsuma juice or other tangerine juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into chilled martini glass.

Florida Starr
1 ½ oz Vodka
1 ½ oz Fresh lime sweet and sour
½ – ¾ oz Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into chilled martini glass.

 

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