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RECIPE: The Martini Room - "Life is Good" Martini

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Drink up (responsibly) the 'Life is Good' Martini when, well...Life is Good! Drink up (responsibly) the 'Life is Good' Martini when, well...Life is Good!

Owner and Operator, Ula Borodzinska, of The Martini Room, located at 161 East Chicago Street in Downtown Elgin, IL, shares the "Life is Good Martini"


1.5 oz Effen Cucumber Vodka 
0.5 oz triple sec 
0.25 oz lime juice 
0.75 oz white grape juice


Chill martini glass in refrigerator
Combine 1 tsp of cayenne pepper with 1 Tbs of sugar in flat dish and tap to spread evenly
Add ice to shaker.
Pour all ingredient to measure and combine in shaker over ice. Apply top and securly fasten pour lid.
Shake vigourously for 20-30 seconds until shaker forms condensation and is chilled to the touch.
Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with cucumber.
Rim the edge of the glass in the cayenne and sugar mix.
Remove lid from top of shaker. Pour martini into rimmed glass, straining from ice.
Garnish with cucumber on edge of glass and  "Life is Good".

Bartender tip for entertaining a crowd

Pre-prep your garnish.

Cut off ends of cucumber
use peeler to peel skin lengthwise, alternating skin, no skin for decorative flare
using a knife, cut a slice 1/2 into a cucumber that runs the entire length of cucumber (this notches cucumber so you can put on rim of glass) 
Slice cucmber into 1/4" pieces and place in a chilled bowl and cover

Dazzle your guests w/fancy garnish tricks



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