As delicious as blood is to a vampire. (Get ready for all the Twilight references.)
Back in 2005, I was in high school and too self-absorbed to pay attention to the little phenomenon called Twilight. Fast forward several years, and Stephanie Meyer put out four books to create the Twilight Saga we know today. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lauter all became household names, but I still had not been bitten by a vampire nor by the Twilight bug that everyone else seemed to have been. All I really knew was that the world was divided into two camps, #TeamEdward and #TeamJacob, and it was dare I say even more controversial than the dress debate.
I finally caved in 2018 to read the Twilight Saga and I 100% see what all the fuss was about and I am truly devastated that I did not experience this phenomenon in “real time.” (I also think I would have been even more taken with the books when I was in my teens rather than my thirties but I do have the literary preference of Young Adult like the basic 16 year old girl I still am at heart). Maybe I will write a full blog post breaking
dawn down all my interpretations of the books like a English IB paper, but for now we will try to mostly focus on the recipe at hand and its inspiration.
Fast forward to 2020 and this year is an absolute dumpster fire (to put it mildly). However, many artists have taken this year to produce some phenomenal art for us to enjoy while we all sit at home and gain the COVID 19 or have a nervous breakdown from the stress of working in healthcare or actually having to teach our kids basic math (what a time to not have children!). Some of these arts, saving the little sanity we have left, consist of Taylor Swift’s album Folklore, The Basic Brunchcast Podcast, and Stephanie Meyer’s latest Twilight book Midnight Sun. Midnight Sun is basically the very first Twilight book, but told from Edward’s point of view instead of Bella’s. The book is very good, and it reignited my Twilight obsession so that I have reread all the books and re-watched all the movies in the span of two weeks. Apparently all this reading left me inspired to make a Midnight Sun themed cocktail: The Midnight Sun Martini.
In Midnight Sun, Edward frequently compares Bella and their love situation to a pomegranate (hence the cover art for the book), which is where a lot of the inspiration for this recipe comes from. There is also a sprig of rosemary in the recipe, mostly for garnish and aromatics, but also because it reminds me of the huge pine trees in the Washington forests that Edward climbs. The Midnight Sun Martini mixes gin, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, simple syrup, orange juice, and a sprig of rosemary to make a delicious drink. Enjoy!
- 1 ½ shots of gin
- ½ shot of fresh orange juice (a little less than half the juice of one orange)
- ¼ to ½ shot of simple syrup (The amount depends on your sweetness preference and the sweetness of the orange juice. I recommend starting with ¼ of a shot and tasting to see if you prefer a little more sweetness and add if needed.)
- 1 ½ shots of pomegranate juice
- ½ shots of triple sec
- 1 tsp pomegranate seeds
- 1 small sprig of rosemary
- In a shaker or a mason jar, add gin, triple sec, orange juice, pomegranate juice, and ¼ of a shot of simple syrup.
- Shake in the shaker or add the lid to the mason jar and shake to mix all ingredients.
- Using a straw or a spoon, taste the cocktail and determine if you would like it to be a little sweeter. If so, add an additional ¼ shot of simple syrup and mix again.
- In a glass, pour over ice (I prefer large ice blocks made with these trays).
- Garnish by adding a sprig of rosemary and a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds.
- This serves one drink.
- The Midnight Sun Martini and oranges can produce juice with varying sweetness, therefore I recommend starting with ¼ of a shot of simple syrup. Taste the cocktail and add the remaining ¼ of a shot of simple syrup if you think the drink needs to be sweeter. This is a personal preference. For example, I prefer the full ½ shot of simple syrup, but my husband prefers only ¼ of a shot of simple syrup.