For Martini lovers, here’s a twist for Valentine’s Day:
A peppadew stands in for a red heart on the cocktail pick, along with anything else you like. (Or, you can stack two or three peppadews on a pick.)
Small mozzarella ball or cheese cube
TBD: your other favorite(s)
ADDITIONAL MARTINI GARNISHES
RECIPE: PEPPADEW MARTINI
Ingredients Per Drink
3 ounces gin or vodka
3/4 ounce extra dry vermouth
1. PREPARE the cocktail pick. Shake the gin and vermouth with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
2. ADD the cocktail pick and serve.
Although we love the visual of the clear Martini and the red peppadew, you can apply the Dirty Martini approach by mixing some of the juice from the peppadew bottle into the Martini.
WHAT ARE PEPPADEWS?
These bush fruits from South African add “pep” to food and drink. They are available in mild and hot versions.
Here’s the scoop.
More Ways To Use Peppadews
Bloody Mary garnish
Canapés/hors d’oeuvre (garnish, stuffed)
Cheese plates and skewers
Color pop: in grain salads, rice dishes, etc.
Mac and cheese and other pasta dishes
Peppadew relish or pesto
Protein salads: chicken, egg, tuna, etc.
Sandwiches and burgers
Stuffed with goat cheese or blue cheese
 Say “I love you” with a peppadew (photo courtesy DeLallo Foods).
 You can also use peppadews to garnish Bloody Marys, or as part of a relish tray or antipasto plate (photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese).
 Peppadew and brie crostini. Here’s the recipe from Castello Cheese.