A Toast To The Mavericks

I found THE perfect cocktails to be serving and most of all, enjoying while you are watching the voting results coming in on Nov. 4th.  The Maverick Martini!  What’s cool is that it is a martini with a shot.  Hmmm… one for each Maverick.  The martini for McCain and the champagne shot for Palin.  Perfect.
Maverick Martini

Ingredients:  (serves 2 martini glasses, preferably frozen, and tall shot glasses for champagne on the side.)
– 3 oz.Cariel Vanilla Vodka
– 1 tablespoon Passoa (passionfruit liqueur)
– Flesh and seeds of 4 passionfruit
– 5 teaspoons vanilla sugar
– 4 oz. champagne
– 1 passionfruit, cut in half
– ice cubes
Shake all of the ingredients except the champagne, the passionfruit halves, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar in a cocktail shaker, and then strain into the glasses. Separately, pour out 2 glasses of champagne and dust the halved passionfruit with the remaining sugar. Dunk the passionfruit in the martini glasses, with spoons: the idea is to fish out the fruit, eat it with the spoon, drink the champagne, and then enjoy the cocktail at leisure.
The shot of champagne on the side of the beautifully colored passionfruit and vanilla martini makes this a very seductive drink. 

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