Since we’ve been having monthly mini dinner parties, I’ve been getting more adept at planning complete dinner menus, which of course, includes a drink component! Last Friday, we had some dear friends over for a dinner of Indian food. This cuisine is great because it is naturally vegetarian and meat eaters don’t even notice the absence of meat. It can be made vegan without a flick of the eye either!
As many of you might know there is no traditional alcoholic drink to pair with Indian food, which had me scratching my head for a few days. But thinking of the flavors we use in cooking, I thought a ginger martini would be a natural addition!
- 1.5 oz ginger liqueur
- 1.5 oz gin
- juice of half a lime
- garnish with crystallized ginger
- rim the glass with the excess sugar from the crystallized ginger.
For those of you wanting to host your own Indian dinner, here’s what our menu consisted of…
- Vegetable Samosas (from Trader Joes)
- Vegetable Pakoras (also from Trader Joes)
- Billy’s Chana Masala
- Raspberry Tort (also from trader joes)
As you can see, I like to mix a few homemade items (our masala and martini) with ready to go products. Trader Joe’s is great for this! (and no they did not sponsor this post).