This is a pretty knock-out drink in its own right – serve straight over a couple of ice cubes. But it also makes a mean variation on a Martini – substitute the bergamot vodka for the gin.
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Recipe for bergamot vodka
- 700ml/3 cups of vodka
- 1 bergamot
- Sugar, optional
- Sterilise a glass jar with a lid or stopper large enough to contain the vodka plus a bit more
- Using a sharp potato peeler, peel the surface of the yellow-green skin off the bergamot, avoiding the white pith which is even sourer than the rest of the fruit.
- Leave in a dark place for at least a week – a couple of months would be better. The vodka will extract the essential oils from the peel – this is where a lot of the flavour is stored – and it also takes on some of the colour of the peel.