It’s National Bubblegum week so I went in search of the best bubblegum martini. There is a recipe out there that uses cola and peach schnapps. Stay away from that. It should be renamed the Cough Medicine Martini. There is another recipe that uses Jones Bubblegum soda. I could not for the life of me find this flavor anywhere. My mom and I wondered if we could make our own bubblegum infused vodka. We thought we were being so original. Come to find out, some brillant bartender beat us to it. Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor Restaurant in New York City, developed this bubblegum-infused vodka cocktail. This recipe makes enough bubblegum-infused vodka for eight cocktails. If stored in an airtight container, the leftover vodka will last indefinitely.
I would give this martini a B+ mainly for its novelty and also for its pretty pink hue. The drink is sweet and the bubblegum flavor comes through. This isn’t a martini to enjoy on a daily basis, but is a fun one every once in awhile. If you’re looking for a cocktail that has earned an A+ in my gradebook, try the cranberry make-ahead margaritas or the Christmas Tree-tini . Cheers to a great week and don’t let anyone burst your bubble!
Bubblegum Martini (created by Eben Freemen)
- 16 pieces bubblegum, preferably Double Bubble, cut in half
- 2 cups (16 ounces) vodka
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lemon juice (from ½ lemon)
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice (from ½ lime)
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
- 1 cup ice
In large airtight container, combine bubblegum and vodka. Seal and allow to infuse, stirring every 6 hours, for 24 hours. Pour vodka through fine mesh strainer, discarding bubble gum. In cocktail shaker, stir together 2 ounces bubblegum-infused vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish by flattening a piece of bubblegum and cutting out a shape with a small cookie cutter.
Five Facts You’ll Never Need to Know About Bubblegum…
- The average American chews 300 sticks of gum per year.
- Chewing gum burns 11 calories per hour!
- The first bubble gum appeared in 1906 when Frank Fleer experimented with a gum that had bubble ability, but was too sticky and brittle to chew.
- Twenty years later a twenty-three-year-old accountant named Walter Diemer got the formula right and called his invention Double Bubble. He added pink food coloring to make his concoction more appealing, the reason that today bubble gum all over the world is predominantly pink.
- In 1983 Singapore proposed a ban on bubble gum in all housing projects, claiming that it cost the city $75,000 a year to clean up discarded wads.