Oh, True Blood. How I love thee.
I have become quite infatuated with this show, and have been suffering withdraw all week - and the season finale hasn't even aired yet! I love the mystery and sexuality involved in the series. I usually enjoy vampire tales of the Romantic era, but this modern version has me enamored as well. Plus I currently live in the South, so I probably spend a little too much time daydreaming on what could be lurking in the woods...
The characters have evolved from the first season, so catching new quirks and rhythms between the actors is another level of enjoyment. Bill's old world charm is a great appeal and Eric's witty humor provides amusing moments. Sookie's strength is refreshing for a lead female character, while Tara is lost from caring for her mother for so long. Sam has great compassion and Jason may need attention and other's approval, but he has a soft spot for those whom he loves. I've even taken a liking to some of the new characters. Jessica's innocence and Maryann's mysteriousness throw interesting twists into the story.
In honor of True Blood, I have created a martini to savor while watching. I needed something dark and delicious to match the show, which is why I choose açaí & pomegranate juice. Both have tartness, but açaí is slightly sweeter and brings balance to the martini. I used my mortar and pestle to grind turbinado sugar into a powder for this drink, but you can purchase superfine sugar or use simple syrup as a substitute. I also keep my alcohol of choice in the freezer, so no need to shake or stir the ingredients in a separate glass before drinking- unless you'd like to impress someone, then by all means partake in some showmanship.
True Blood Martini
1 tsp ground turbinado
2 ounces Smirnoff vodka
1 ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 ounces açaí & pomegranate juice by Bom Dia
In a martini glass, combine ingredients in the above order. Enjoy with True Blood.
~Original by Brie.