Our friend Emily Ellyn, Next Food Network Star finalist, is so inspired by Easy Ice that she’s created another exclusive cocktail recipe just for our readers!

Retro-rad Emily is spicing things up with this peppercorn infused martini:   Schezuan Peppercorn Lemon-tini

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • ½ ounce Schezuan pepper simple syrup (see below recipe)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 4 -5 ice cubes
  • Superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
  • Lemon twist

Directions:

  • Chill martini glasses in freezer prior to serving.
  • In a shaker packed with ice add vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and Schezuan Peppercorn simple syrup.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Garnish chilled martini glass – run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
  • Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses and serve.

Schezuan Peppercorn Simple Syrup:

Ingredients:                       

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Schezuan peppercorns, crushed

Directions:

In small saucepot heat ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar to boil. Add 1 teaspoon of Schezuan peppercorns crushed for 1 minute at full boil then remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain and chill for later use.

Learn more about Emily Ellyn in our exclusive two-part interview.