20140418

EASTER COCKTAILS

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Let the kids have the Easter Eggs, you keep the cocktails!


 

A VERY HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND TO YOU ALL!



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20140415

INCOME TAX COCKTAIL


April 15th, the day when booze is a pain med...

The
INCOME TAX
COCKTAIL
To Ease The Pain

1-1/2 Oz. Gin
3/4 Oz. Dry Vermouth
3/4 Oz. Sweet Vermouth
Juice of 1/4 Orange
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into glass,
drink to sooth your empty wallet.

My condolences, I suffer with you all!




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20140413

MAD MEN COCKTAILS -Saying goodbye to Sterling Cooper & Company


"You don't know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it's what men do." - Roger Sterling

The era of the television show Mad Men was the hey day of the three martini lunch and cocktail parties . Roughly spanning the time after World War II through the 60s, cocktails were a mainstay in America's business meetings and homes. Clients were plied with liquor, neighbors were made welcome with booze and conversations were well oiled with 80 proof refreshments.

Mad Men, which begins its final season today, was awash in alcohol from the beginning. Don and Roger and the whole Sterling Cooper Draper Bryce crew were the epitome of mid twentieth century ad men and women, talking shop and sipping from a high ball glass. Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Champagne, Bloodies, straight up, on the rocks and over the edge, booze should have gotten a screen credit along with the whole cast because it played such an integral part in the show.

To celebrate the seventh and final season of Mad Men here are some of my favorite versions of the classic cocktails of the Mad Men era:


A couple of others that deserve a mention here are the Tom Collins, a tall glass of collins mix and gin and the ubiquitous Screwdriver, a simple blend of orange juice and vodka.

I have to mention another fifties favorite - because it was the first cocktail I ever heard of and was the drink of choice of my parents - the Seven and Seven, a mixture of Seagrams 7 Bourbon and 7-Up.

And we can't go without mentioning the hangover cocktail of Mad Men choice, the Bloody Mary, which takes a morning tomato juice and spruces it (& you) up with some vodka, Worchestershire sauce, Tabasco, seasonings and a stalk of celery.

Enjoy this final season of Mad Men!

Roger Sterling: "They say once you start drinking alone, you're an alcoholic. I'm really trying to avoid that" Don Draper: "So I guess I'm helping both of us"




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20140327

WHISKEY PEACH SMASH COCKTAIL


WHISKEY PEACH SMASH

1-1/2 oz. Fine Whiskey
1 Peach Slice, fresh or canned
Handful Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Slice Fresh Ginger
2 Tablespoons Peach Jam
1 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
Splash Ginger Ale
Mint Sprig & Peach Slice Garnish

Muddle all ingredients except the ginger ale and garnishes in the bottom of an old fashioned glass, fill glass with ice, stir, then top off with the ginger ale, add garnishes & enjoy.

Perfect for today since, tada, it's World Whiskey Day!






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20140320

SPRING COCKTAILS - Drink in Spring!

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Happy First Day of Spring!
 
When I think of Spring I think of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs sprouting up in my little garden and the chance to detox my body from all those winter comfort foods. Many of my favorites only grow in Spring to early Summer where I live (Arizona) including strawberries, rhubarb, cilantro, apricots and tarragon. Below are some of my favorite cocktails using wonderful Spring produce and herbs:
 
SPRING FRUIT COCKTAILS
 
My mom loved strawberries and she used to say that strawberries "cleansed the blood" which was her way of saying detoxing from Winter.  Here are my:
STRAWBERRY MARTINIS 
 
Every spring I had an abundance of apricots from a tree right out side my door. It was a boon to happy hour:
MANGO APRICOT MARTINI
 
Mom loved strawberries best, I loved cherries best and this cocktail also has lemons which are also a Spring fruit:
CHERRY LEMON DROP
 
Tart, Sweet and a truly Spring only fruit: 
RHUBARB MARTINI & RHUBARB JUICE RECIPE
 
SPRING HERB COCKTAILS

Thyme is great in Spring and you can always use frozen raspberries:
RASPBERRY THYME MARTINI
 
I love tarragon and was thrilled when it finally grew for me:
APPLE COBBLER MARTINI with Tarragon
 
Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow and it explodes in Spring (which means you have to keep a close eye on it so it doesn't take over your garden!):
CITRUS MINT MARTINI 
 
Oregano, another Spring herb, is not just for pizza and spaghetti!
CUCUMBER MARTINI with Fresh Oregano
 
And my favorite herb, Cilantro. It's one of those herbs you either love or hate. I love it and it makes a really great, refreshing cocktail:
CILANTRO MARTINI
 
Enjoy & Happy Spring!
 
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20140314

ST. PATRICK'S DAY COCKTAILS

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When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to Heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven ~ Old Irish Saying

ST. PATRICK'S DAY COCKTAILS

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IRISH KISS MARTINI
MIDORI SHAMROCK MARTINI
NUTTY IRISH MARTINI MOUSSE
NUTTY IRISHMAN
SCARLET O'HARA'S FIDDLE-DEE-DEE MARTINI
SHILLELAGH MARTINI
SHOT O' GOLD


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY
from The Martini Diva! 
 


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