This lychee and lime martini sounds like it would hit the spot this summer. - Never Bashful with Butter
I met two of my oldest gal pals for happy hour at Two restaurant here in San Francisco. We sat at the bar and acted the way long time girlfriends usually do when they see each other: giddy. Laura, who is a member of the staff at Two, told me that I had to try the cilantro martini. Using cilantro to infuse a cocktail?! Pure genius! This cocktail was smooth and refreshing - an absolutely excellent aperitif. My tastebuds were souring, my palette tantalized, and my heart racing (not from the drink but from the very cute bartender!). Like any resourceful party gal I ran home and worked out the recipe on my own. Like cilantro? Like vodka? Make this cocktail for your next happy hour! To get the recipe just read more
Most of the time, non-alcoholic drinks are simple, you open the bottle and you pour it into a glass. Sure there are a lot of great non-alcoholic options out there, but what if the drink recipient was hoping for something a little more unique? Well, don't fret, I've got the perfect recipe for you! Taking its cue from a classic Cosmopolitan, a Cosmo-Not is the perfect blend of citrus, pomegranate and cranberry. To start serving these up at your next shindig, read more
When I was little I used to love getting an Orange Julius at the mall. I haven't had one for years, but when I crave that creamy, frothy orange goodness I make an Orange Julius Martini instead. Vodka, orange juice concentrate, and a teeny bit of vanilla ice cream combine to create a grown up version of this classic mall drink. This martini is a treat best consumed after a meal or as a specialty drink at a party. It also makes a great substitution to a brunch time mimosa. To pour yourself a glass, get the recipe - just read more
To me this one is a no brainer. My favorite cocktail is a vodka martini, so chic little martini glasses are never far from my reach. I like the classic, sleek look of the triangular yet functional glass. A complete bar will have martini glasses because you can serve tons of different drinks in them, not just the gin or vodka martini. They also make great presentation for layered desserts and puddings. I personally prefer the good old fashioned glass like the one from Crate & Barrel ($8.95) pictured at left. However if you are looking for an exotic martini glass, read more
April showers bring May flowers... we all know the childhood refrain, but come every April I can't help but hate the rain. Actually it doesn't matter what time of year it is, I absolutely loathe the rain. In April, when the warmth of summer is so near you can almost smell it, I hate the wet weather even more. When geeksugar told me about a cocktail called the Deny Away April Rain, I knew I had to have one. A drink that makes me forget all about the crappy weather, now we're talking! The recipe is a twist on the classic dirty martini, substituting fresh lime juice for the olive juice and a lime peel for the olives. Sounds refreshing doesn't it? Give it a shake'n'strain, read more
The Metropolitan Martini Company is the first ready-to-drink cocktail in a chic acrylic martini glass. Made with all natural flavors and premium vodka, Metropolitan Martinis are perfect for all occasions. Just chill, peel, and enjoy!
Hmm, I know that pre-made alcohols and mixers are all the rage today, but I'm feeling really skeptical about this product. To a die-hard martini drinker like myself, a portable martini for a picnic or a day at the race track sounds like a wonderful idea. But my practical side wonders if the drinks, which come in 4 flavors: vodka martini, cosmopolitan, green apple, and chocolate, taste processed and fake. Does the peel-able top leave any leftover residue on the chic acrylic glass? If anyone has sampled these to-go martinis please tell me about it below.
What do you guys think, ready made martinis: love it or hate it?
I was surfing the web and came across The 86 Rules of Boozing over at the Modern Drunkard. This well rounded list includes some practical advice such as
#30 - Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.
but also contains some great gems including
#62 - If you are trading rounds with a friend and he asks if you're ready for another, always say yes. Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.
#65 - Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.
So to salute these rules, I've posted a simple recipe for a straight-up martini. read more
These days it seems like every bar and restaurant has their own set of specialty cocktails. Usually the bartenders are quite secretive about their creative concoctions, but sometimes, if you're lucky, they'll reveal one of their secrets. A few Thursdays ago, I was fortunate enough to meet a bartender who shared one of his recipes with me. It was a delicious key lime pie martini with an amazing treat on the rim. Now, as long as you promise not to tell, I'm going to share his recipe with you! For the best key lime pie martini recipe, read more
In the new Bond movie, Casino Royale (check out premiere pics over at PopSugar and a fantastic review at BuzzSugar), our favorite spy orders the original Bond martini. I say original because it's exactly what Ian Fleming wrote in the first Bond novel.
"Three measures of Gordon’s [gin], one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shake it over ice then add a thin slice of lemon peel."
The twist here lies in the french aperitif wine Lillet (the company has dropped Kina from their name since the book came out). Made from sauvignon blanc, it has a nice aroma and a mild bitter aftertaste and is typically served over ice (with or without soda water). It's not always easy to find, but your well stocked bartender should be able to hook you up. So go out and order a martini Bond style!