This drink is in honor of my cocktail hour-loving BFF and her birthday this week. She is a vodka Martini girl and did turn my gin Martini rule into more of a preference. Then I tasted the pickled ume plums from Zuké and knew that they were perfect cocktail garnish. They would also be great in a salad dressing, but that can wait till after cocktail hour.
1.5 oz of good local Vodka **
1.5 oz of Sake
2 ume plums pickled by Zuké
If you are a stirrer go ahead and ignore the directions.
1) Measure the Sake and Vodka into a cocktail shaker. Add the ice. Large cubes work better as chipped ice makes a slushee. Shake them up until the spirits get really cold.
2) Pour into a Martini glass. Add the ume plums as garnish. It may take more than two – they are so good I ate a jar of them while developing the recipe.
** For Vodka, I would choose something local and more mellow like Syntax Vodka from Greeley. Their nice vibe perfectly compliments the Zuké lusciousness.