Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Matsutini
Premium sake (TK40)
Russian Standard Gold vodka
Housemade cucumber puree
Served up, garnished with a cucumber slice.
I like a martini. I usually order mine with Kettle One vodka, very dirty, served up. But on a recent dinner at Matsuhisa, I decided to branch out a bit — to get the full Matsu experience. The Matsutini seemed like the perfect choice. And it was. Made with vodka and sake, this martini has a kick. But it’s tempered by a tasty cucumber puree; the light vegetable scent and taste make for a refreshing twist on the standard martini. I can’t really imagine having a Matsutini with a hearty steak-and-potato dinner, but it was a perfect complement to a meal of sushi, rolls and other Japanese specialty items.
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