Buddha’s Martini

I’d never even seen one before today, but I’m now completely in love with the strange and wonderful fruit, Buddha’s hand. I was walking past a pile of them at the supermarket today and was stopped dead in my tracks by the most beautiful lemon blossom scent. I was so surprised when I realized it was coming from this pile of weird, gnarled, claw fruits. The citrusy Buddha’s hand inspired me to create the simple, floral martini, and gave me a chance to try out my new Free Pour Jenny’s Rhubarb bitters (which also smell and taste phenomenal!)

I could drink pure flower water, but I realize that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. This recipe is very rose-heavy. I recommend using a half ounce of rose water for a more subtle flavor. 🌹

Buddha's Martini - a botanical gin martini with rose water and Buddha's Hand syrup

RECIPE:

  • 2.5 oz gin 
  • 1 oz rosewater
  • 1/2 oz Buddha’s hand syrup*
  • 5 drops Free Pour Jenny's Rhubarb Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a dainty strawberry 🍓

*Buddha’s Hand syrup

  • 100 ml (about a half cup) water
  • 100 g (about a half cup) sugar
  • 3 large ‘fingers’ of a Buddha’s hand

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add Buddha's Hand and simmer until the syrup begins to thicken. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator.

Gin, RecipeAmy Traynor