20210320

The CILANTRO MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Cilantro Martini Recipe

I am a very big fan of cilantro, I even grow my own I use so much of it. Cilantro is a strong flavor and people either love it or hate it. I've never known anyone to shrug and say they can take it or leave it. (Turns out there's actually a genetic reason for this.)

This martini reminds me a little of a gimlet, the lime is a co-star but, of course, secondary to the cilantro. The muddled cilantro infuses it's distinctive aroma and flavor into the mix when muddled with the lime juice and sugar in the shaker. It's a sublime and surprising experience for cilantro lovers.

I don't strain my Cilantro Martini at all, I love the little bits of cilantro that float around in the martini visually as well as enjoying those little bits of bursting flavor on my palate.

I truly love this martini, I find it a nice change from all the sweet and creamy martinis often requested of me and I treat myself often. I even do it in a version with ginger and with dill, but this one remains my favorite.

Cilantro Martini Ingredients & Instructions

The
CILANTRO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
Handful Fresh Cilantro
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
3 Tsp. Sugar
2 Oz. Vodka
Splash of Soda

Garnish: Sprig of Cilantro, Lime Twist

DIRECTIONS
Add the cilantro, lime juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the herb oils and dissolve the sugar.
Add ice cubes then pour in the vodka and shake until chilled.
Add a splash of soda and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish and serve.

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20210308

The ESPRESSO MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

Believe it not the Espresso Martini started life as the Vodka Espresso. Originally created in London in 1983 by Dick Bradsell of the Soho Brasserie, the Espresso Martini was inspired by the messy coffee area near the bar. When a customer came in one night asking for a cocktail to "wake her up and f*** her up" she got handed a newly born drink of vodka, simple syrup, Kahlua and Tia Maria called a Vodka Espresso. Later Bradsell renamed his cocktail the Espresso Martini to cash in on the burgeoning  designer martini craze. Some years later Mr. Bradsell once again reinvented his cocktail and renamed it the Pharmaceutical Stimulant.

Now, no matter what it's called and nearly 40 years later, this caffeinated classic is still keeping folks awake and double buzzed. Much like a classic martini, the ingredients and ratios are up for debate, every bartender and era has put their own stamp on it, but the basics of freshly brewed, hot espresso, vodka and some coffee liqueur are the essentials necessary to get woke and messed up simultaneously.

Below is my favorite version.

Ingredients & Directions for an Espresso Martini

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ESPRESSO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Vodka
1 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/4 Oz. Crème de Cacao
1 Oz. HOT* Espresso

Garnish: 3 Chocolate Covered Espresso Bea

DIRECTIONS
 Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
 Shake until well chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with 3 chocolate covered espresso beans on top.

*It's important that your expresso be freshly brewed and hot or you will not get the crema that is so vital visually and needed to float the espresso beans.

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National Espresso Day is November 23rd.

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20210301

The FRENCH MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

FRENCH MARTINI ART

Invented in the late 1980s in New York, the French Martini is a deliciously simple cocktail of only 3 ingredients. The ratios of the ingredients change depending on who is shaking it but you'll find my personal preference below. I find this a nice balance of sweet to acid with enough vodka to let you know it's a cocktail and not a tame flavored water.

There are several variations on this recipe, including one using single malt whiskey called Le Frog, one called a French Daiquiri that uses rum and adds lime juice, the Hot Tub which adds sparkling wine (actually a very nice version with a stupid name) and the Mexican Martini which replaces the vodka with tequila.

All interesting, but I still like the original, simple French version best.

The
FRENCH
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS

1 Oz. Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Chambord
1-1/2 Oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

Garnish: Black & Red Raspberries

DIRECTIONS

Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a couple of raspberries.


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20210227

The STRAWBERRY MARTINI Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Martini Recipe

Nothing says spring like strawberries so why not fill your cocktail glass full?

Strawberry Martini Cocktail Ingredients & Directions

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STRAWBERRY
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Oz. Strawberry Vodka
1 Oz. Strawberry Liqueur
1 Oz. Fresh Strawberry Juice

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Dash of Black Pepper, Fresh Strawberry

DIRECTIONS
Rub the glass Rim with lemon then dip into sugar. Chill glass in freezer. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish and serve.


National Strawberry Day is February 27th.

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20210220

CHERRY PIE MARTINI Cocktail Recipe


The
CHERRY PIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Cherry Vodka
1/4 Oz. Vanilla Vodka
1 Oz. Fresh Cherry Juice
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Oz. Pasteurized Egg White

Garnish:
Baked Pie Crust and Sugar Rim
Cocktail Cherry

DIRECTIONS
Rim cocktail glass with a crushed baked pie crust and sugar rim.
Dry shake ingredients (without ice) in a cocktail shaker to emulsify and build foam.
Add ice cubes, shake to chill.
Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with cherry & serve.


National Cherry Pie Day is February 20th AND ... Twin Peaks Day is February 24th!

You might also enjoy:
Bourbon Cherry Pie Smash
Cherry Pie Martini

More Cherry Cocktails

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20210213

YOU'LL SHOOTER YOUR EYE OUT! A Bubbly Shot of Coffee & Tequila.


My booze pun on the famous line from "A Christmas Story" where poor Ralphie's Mom and Santa Claus tell him his much hoped for Red Ryder BB gun will get his eye shot out.
Sorry not sorry, I just couldn't stop myself.


This coloring page is just one of the 45 fun cocktail recipe coloring pages in my COLOR YOUR COCKTAILS ADULT COLORING BOOK available on Amazon.

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20210115

ORANGE COCKTAILS


One of the most ubiquitous cocktail ingredients is orange juice. Since this is a list of orange cocktails, you're going to see a lot of cocktails featuring > primarily< orange juice here, but there's quite a few popular orange liqueurs and spirits and you're going to see those in this list too.

The whole idea is predominantly orange-ish flavored, colored and spiked cocktails for your orange obsession.

Orange you glad you stopped by?

ORANGE COCKTAILS

AGAVECILLIN
APRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOUR COCKTAIL
BELMONT JEWEL BREEZE
BLACK EYED SUSAN
BLOODY ORANGE BLACKBERRY SOUR
CANDIED ORANGE ROSEMARY RYE COCKTAIL
CANDY CORN COCKTAIL
CLOCKWORK ORANGE CRUSTA
CRÊPES SUZETTE COCKTAIL
DEATH BY SCREWDRIVER
GINJA NINJA SLUSHY
GRAND MARNIER COCKTAILS 
HARVEY WALLBANGER
JUNGLE JUICE
MANDARIN ORANGE GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAIL
MIMOSA
MY DARLING CLEMENTINI
ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI
ORANGE CREAMSICLE MARTINI
ORANGE TRUFFLE COCKTAIL
ROOSEVELT COCKTAIL
SCREWDRIVER
SOLAR ECLIPSE MARGARITA
SPARKLING TANGERINE MIMOSA
SPICED RUM POMEGRANATE FIZZ COCKTAIL
STONED TEQUILA SUNSET
TRIPLE ORANGE MARTINI

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Day is January 15th and National Orange Juice Day is May 4th.


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