Vodka Orange – Reverse Spherication Ravioli: Have you ever had a well-made Screw Driver and thought – I can do better than this? Well, here is a great way of perking up that regular Vodka Orange drink with some molecular gastronomy added into the equation.
There are so many ways of perking up an old drink, and this one is a classic. To do this, you would need a few things, and good quality vodka. There are a number of good brands of vodka available in the market, and you can use any one of them. The best part is, this is a very simple recipe and a total crowd pleaser, and can be a fantastic party starter. The tang of orange juice and the sharpness of the alcohol make all the difference.
To make this drink, you would need a few things. Orange juice is an integral part of the recipe, so it will be a good idea if the juice is not bitter or too sour, which might jar the flavors badly. Getting good quality ingredients is the key to making this drink.
To begin, you would need 1 liter of good quality vodka. Put it in a blender, and add to it 5 gm. of sodium alginate. Combine the two of them together in the blender. Pour in a bowl and that will help make it viscous. Let that combination set for 15 minutes.
This is going to make the outer coating for the orange filling.
To prepare the filling, mix 250 ml. of orange juice with 5 gm. of calcium lactate and a little bit of xanthan gum as a thickener, about ½ teaspoon of it. You should ideally mix this in a blender to get everything thoroughly mixed.
Pour in a bowl and let it set. Then, transfer it in little molds. The best kind of mold for this would be silicone molds, and it will be a good idea to use one which is rounded in the bottom. Use a syringe to portion the orange juice equally among the individual molds. Put this in a freezer and get it completely frozen so that it turns solid. It will take about 1 hour to freeze it at least.
Fill a flat glass container with the vodka mixture. Pop the frozen orange rounds out of the mold and set them, but keep a bit of space in between each other to let them get a coating of vodka outside. Set for about 15 minutes or so. There will be a light coat of vodka around each of these rounds. Then, you can remove them from the mixture with a slotted spoon. Then, just put them in individual serving bowls or in soup spoons and serve them. You can reuse the vodka for a second or third batch of oranges, or you can also put it in a bottle and put it in the freezer and reuse when you need it. This vodka mixture freezes well, and can be kept for future uses quite easily.