20141002

SPARKLING GRAPE MARTINI

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When I was a kid I loved grapes, grape juice and grape soda.  I still love grapes but the juices and sodas have become a bit too sweet for my adult palate and I wanted to explore a way to drink the fruit of the vine where the grape shines and not the sugars from processing.

The easiest way to balance sugar is with a citrus and another wait to cut the sweetness is by adding a bit of effervescence from a dry sparkling wine or a Brut Champagne so I did a bit of both.  The bit of grassiness in the mint lends a bit more balance as well as added flavor and crispness.  By the time I had combined all these I finally had a cocktail version of the grape beverages I loved as a kid!

The frozen grapes are not only a great garnish, they help to keep your cocktail chilled while you enjoy it.

Add these great Health Benefits of Grapes to the mix and you're good to go!

SPARKLING GRAPE MARTINI

1-1/2 Oz. Citrus Vodka
1 Oz. Concord Grape Juice
1 Oz. White Grape Juice
3 Mint Leaves
1 Oz. Dry Sparkling White Wine or Brut Champagne
Frozen Grapes to chill and for garnish
Sprig of Mint for garnish

Chill some grapes ahead of time, it only takes an hour or so for them to freeze.  Chill your glass in the freezer.  Muddle the mint leaves and the citrus vodka in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.  Add one cup of ice to shaker then pour in both the grape juices and shake until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass to about 2/3 full then top off with the sparkling wine or Champagne.  Add a few frozen grapes to the cocktail to keep chilled, place one grape on the rim and slide in the fresh mint sprig and enjoy!

Now go get a copy of What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp and Leonardo Di Caprio are in it!) and enjoy it with this cocktail!


"The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.”
― Thomas Love Peacock



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20141001

APPLE COCKTAILS

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Since October is National Apple Month this is a pretty good time to share all my Apple Cocktails with you, right? And happily it's fall so apples are abundant in the market place and orchards as well, if you're lucky enough to live close to an orchard.

All because you're just the apple of my eye!

APPLE COCKTAILS
The Rattled Skull Colonial Cocktail
(for Sleepy Hollow Fans)

And, YES!, Why not?

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And remember:
AN APPLE MARTINI A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!



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20140929

BLUEBERRY VINEGAR SHRUB COCKTAIL

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A while back I made a whole refrigerator shelf full of Drinking Vinegars just to use in cocktails.  The one that really rocked my world was the Blueberry Shrub.  I've used that not only in cocktails but in mocktails and salad dressings and even as a digestif!  However my favorite way to use it is with a little bourbon:

BLUEBERRY VINEGAR SHRUB COCKTAIL

2 Oz. Nice Aged Kentucky Bourbon
2 Oz. Blueberry Vinegar Shrub
Splash of Soda
Mint Leaves
Sprig of Mint for Garnish

Pour the blueberry shrub and a few mint leaves into the bottom of your glass and muddle well. Fill your glass with ice then pour on the bourbon and the splash of soda and gently stir the cocktail until the glass frosts over.  Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and enjoy!

To your health!



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COFFEE COCKTAILS


I'm pretty into coffee. I love to wake up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee beans, I can't truly motivate without my foamy morning lattes, I adore a nice espresso in the late afternoon and I can have a coffee cocktail at any point in the day. Good thing coffee is good for you, right?

Thank goodness for Kaldi, the goatherd who discovered the lovely benefits of coffee beans! Bless his little goat wrangling heart! How would we ever get up and at it without our beloved, aromatic caffeine fix?

Of course, I can happily add booze to all my java interludes and below are the many recipes I've posted featuring versions of my favorite high octane, high proof coffee breaks:  


I'm so into coffee I even do coffee art:

COOL BEANS
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20140926

Chocolate Cheesecake Martini

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Yes, you heard that right, CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE MARTINI!

This is my second version of a Chocolate Cheesecake Martini, I have two versions on my website, white and dark, but this one I put the chocolate cheesecake pudding IN the martini itself and not just on the rim!

1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
2 Tsp. Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding Mix
1 Oz. Half & Half
1/4 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Dash of Chocolate Bitters
Chocolate Sprinkles

Dip your martini glass rim in some of the Godiva chocolate liqueur then into the chocolate sprinkles and place in the freezer to chill.
Add a cup of ice to your cocktail shaker than pour in the Godiva, Creme de Cacao, chocolate vodka, the pudding mix, half & half, vanilla and the chocolate bitters.  Shake vigorously to emulsify the cream with the liquor then pour into your chilled and rimmed glass and enjoy!

If you're a coffee lover you can turn this into a Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake Cocktail by adding a teaspoon of espresso powder and eliminating the chocolate bitters. How do you like them coffee beans?





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20140925

DRUNKEN CHERRY MARTINI


 Yes, I said Drunken Cherries because you're going to get those little dried cherries soused!  And by that I mean you're going to soak 'em in booze or, in Anthony Bourdain - Top Chef lingo, macerate them!

Here's how you do that:

DRUNKEN CHERRIES RECIPE

Fill a small, really clean glass jar about 3/4 full with dried cherries.
Pour Cherry Vodka (my favorite is Three Olives) to the top, seal up the jar and let sit at least four hours or overnight or even a day or so longer.
Don't worry about how long they will keep, you'll eat them up long before you have to worry about that!

Now grab your tipsy cherries and make this:

DRUNKEN CHERRY MARTINI

1-1/2 Oz. Cherry Brandy
1 Oz. Cherry Heering
3/4 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of Cherry Bitters
Drunken Cherries

Chill your glass in the freezer.  Add a cup of ice to your cocktail shaker and pour in the Cherry Brandy, Cherry Heering, Lemon Juice and the Cherry Bitters and shake until nicely chilled.
Skewer several of your Drunken Cherries on a cocktail pick and drop in the glass and serve.

Life is just a bowl of Drunken Cherry Martinis!




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20140922

FALL COCKTAILS

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It's here after a long, hot summer! The Autumnal Equinox has arrived and with it falling leaves, cooler temperatures and that crisp nip in the air. Come this time of year I love nothing better than to sit out on my deck on a cool desert evening and enjoy a cocktail as I watch the wildlife scurry about and the gorgeous Arizona sunsets over the tops of the late blooming Saguaros.  Back East I would be wearing a jacket, firing up my deck fire pit and planning a trip to the pumpkin patch but here in the desert of the Southwest I am happy just to enjoy relief from the triple digit heat and harvest my prickly pear fruit!

No matter where I am located, it's this time of year my cocktail fancy turns to the fall flavors of apples, pears, pumpkins, cranberries and cinnamon to sip.  So I have gathered together some of my favorite Fall Martinis and Cocktails for myself and to share with you:
 
The FALL APPLE JACK MARTINI
APPLE COBBLER MARTINI
APPLE SAUCE CAKE MARTINI 
CARROT CAKE MARTINI
CANTALOUPE MARTINI
CARAMEL APPLE MARTINI
CRANBERRY A GO-GO MARTINI
 CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE MARTINI
GINGERBREAD MARTINI
PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR MARTINI 
PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS MARTINI
PUMPKIN MARTINI
PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI
SPARKLING CANDY CORN MARTINI

You might also want to check into making some great
HOMEMADE FALL LIQUEURS:

PUMPKIN LIQUEUR
GINGERBREAD LIQUEUR
CANDY CORN VODKA

Or check into preserving some of your late summer produce harvest in some COCKTAIL SHRUBS.
 
Happy First Day of Fall!
 



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