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Celebrate National Martini Day with Ama's Peach Bellini Martini

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Celebrate National Martini Day on June 19 by making this delectable martini created by Ama Ristorante’s Beverage Director/Mixologist Beau Keegan. Honoring New Jersey’s 350th birthday this summer, Ama will be featuring Keegan’s White Peach Bellini Martini on its cocktail menu.

White Peach Bellini Martini

  • 2 oz. Purity® Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1 ½ oz. White Jersey Peach Puree

Shake ingredients and serve in a martini glass. Top with Prosecco and layer in Grenadine. Place a white peach slice on the rim of the martini glass.

White Peach Puree (16 oz.)

  • 12 Jersey Peaches peeled and diced
  • 4 oz. Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. Simple Syrup

Puree ingredients together and double strain to puree consistency.

Keegan’s White Peach Bellini Martini landed him a starring role in an international video produced and distributed by Purity® Vodka. In the video, Keegan explains where he differs from other mixologists. He is a culinary student and a chef who views his fine ingredients like a palette. With a chef’s approach to taste, he has an uncompromising mission to use the best ingredients.

“It became clear to me that Beau was much more than your average bartender,” explained Gerard Jansse, Regional Sales Director for Purity® Vodka, a premium, hand-crafted vodka made in Sweden that proudly claims that it is the most award-winning, ultra-premium vodka in the world. “Beau is an excellent ambassador for Purity. He is passionate about his craft, has excellent taste and is skilled at creating innovative cocktails. Like Purity’s distillers, he is willing to go the extra mile to make the absolute best cocktail and he is uncompromising when it comes to ingredients.”

New Jersey has a long history of growing high quality peaches. During the 1600s, colonists imported European varieties and found they grew better in New Jersey’s coastal areas than in Europe. They were the first crop in New Jersey to be grown commercially.

So why are New Jersey peaches so delicious? Because Jersey peaches are tree-ripened and become sweeter the longer they remain on the tree. Additionally, they reach local markets within only a day or two of being picked, ensuring that lip-smacking juicy sweetness

If making Keegan’s White Peach Bellini Martini isn’t on your bartending agenda, then stop by Ama Ristorante any Tuesday through Sunday and try this succulent Jersey peach cocktail. On Thursday nights specialty cocktails are $7 all night in the bar lounge, al fresco deck or main dining room of the restaurant, which has spectacular oceanfront and sunset river views. Ama Ristorante is located at 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright; 732-530-9760.

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