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Introducing Ugli Fruit or Uniq Fruit (and an Ugli Basil Martini)

Recipe: Ugli Basil Martini

Summary: Sleek, stylish and uber-tasty, this simple martini is made with Ugli Fruit, vodka and fresh basil, for a hint of citrus topped off with an herbal whiff. Try it!


  • Ugli Fruit [1]1 Ugli Fruit (aka Uniq Fruit)
  • 1 1/2-2 ounces vodka (more or less, as you wish)
  • 2 fresh basil leaves


  1. Squeeze Ugli fruit. You’ll want about 4 ounces of juice (3-4 ounces).
  2. In a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, shake Ugli juice, vodka and a crushed basil leaf vigorously for a couple of seconds.
  3. Slightly crush the second basil leaf with your fingers and place it in a martini glass. Pour strained cocktail in.
  4. Bottom’s up!

Quick notes

I first tasted a cocktail like this at Fig Restaurant [2] in Santa Monica. They made it with pink grapefruit juice, and it was so stylish and refreshing, I knew I had to recreate something like it at home.


If you can’t find an Ugli Fruit, substitute pink grapefruit juice.

Preparation time: 4 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Thanks to Frieda’s Specialty Produce [3] for sending me a sample of this beautiful-to-me fruit.