Yotam Ottolenghi and Lukasz Rafacz's Sumac Martini

October 22, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Reprinted from NOPI Copyright © 2015 by Yotam Ottolenghi, LLP. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. —Samantha Weiss Hills

What You'll Need
  • For the sumac-infused vodka:
  • 3 tablespoons sumac
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of high-quality vodka
  • For the sumac martini:
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) sumac-infused vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounces (40 ml) Velvet Falernum liqueur
  • 1 3/4 ounces (50 ml) lime juice
  • 1 1/4 ounces (40 ml) pomegranate juice
  • a few pinches sumac, to garnish
  1. To make the infused vodka, place the sumac in a large glass or ceramic bowl and pour over the vodka. Cover and set aside for 2 hours, stirring from time to time, then strain back into the bottle through a fine-mesh or muslin-lined sieve.
  2. When ready to serve, place all the ingredients in a shaker with some cubed ice. Shake really hard for 10 to 15 seconds, then double-strain (through a strainer and into a fine-mesh sieve) into two chilled glasses. Serve at once, with a sprinkle of sumac on top.

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5 Reviews

Djohnston54 August 7, 2023
I couldn’t find any Falernum locally so made my own using the recipe from the Tasting Table. It suggested using ovenproof rum as the alcohol base & I had some on hand so that’s what I did. (turned out fantastic but *really* strong). Made the drink but found it was a bit overpowered cause of the ovenproof rum so added a touch of Cointreau and it smoothed it out. Definitely my favourite flavour bomb cocktail and I’m experimenting with a cocktail of the day this summer. Now making the Falernum using a low alcohol alternative to try to get the cocktail closer to what I believe was intended (using Jinro Soju time.. will try light/white rum if a 3rd experiment is necessary). Definitely keeping ingredients for this on hand. Amazingly delicious!
Mary W. November 24, 2019
I have completely given up drinking but still enjoy reading about cocktails with a view toward adapting ideas to a menu of cocktails. Sumac made me think about a cocktail a friend made a few years ago while I was still enjoying alcohol. It was a shisotini. Martini with shiso. Excellent, very unusual and refreshing. Don't remember exactly how he did it but there was muddling and shaking involved I think although perhaps only one or the other would be needed.
Mary W. November 24, 2019
Mock-tails! Damn you autocorrect. Took me 3 times to assert my will.
KR October 26, 2018
This is fabulous. Sumac-infused vodka is now a pantry staple for me.
Alex W. September 3, 2017
Everything Ottolenghi always sounds good, and then tastes better... sumak + alcohol = yummy