20140726

ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI

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Have Gin Will Shake*
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI
 4:35 am

So making brunch today for some surprise out of town guests who showed up around 11 last night.  It was a big (but nice) surprise for me, however, the surprise for them is I haven't been to the market so all I have on hand for mixing up some brunch cocktails is some orange juice. Booze, of course, is never a problem. My bar is loaded with booze - you know me. It's just the mixers I'm low on. It was a big week for cool cocktails at my house with the heat index hitting 110 plus, lol.
 
No problem, if I have booze and O.J. cocktails will be had!
 
The Orange Blossom Martini Recipe
 
1-1/2 Oz. London Dry Gin
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
1-1/2 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Orange Twist
Edible Orange Blossom
(this would be a really nice garnish - no, I didn't have these either!)

Chill your glass in the freezer. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with one cup of ice and shake until well chilled. Pour into your martini glass garnish with a decoratively carved orange twist, the edible orange blossom (optional) and enjoy.

4:55 am
Okay, brunch booze has been handled, obligatory blog photo taken.  Now I have to create the edibles from my sad little larder & fridge with just some eggs, milk, sour cream, stale bread, cheese and sausage.  A Breakfast Strata it is.
 
Yeah, the carved orange garnish is not perfect - gimme a break it's not even 6 in the morning yet!

There better be a serious hostess gift coming my way is all I can say.

P.S. National Orange Blossom Day is June 27th. Now I have a cocktail for it!
 
*My not quite awake quip on the old Have Gun Will Travel - Palladin TV Show from the fifties.



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20140725

RASPBERRY COLADA COCKTAIL

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Taking it to the Tropics with
The Raspberry Colada

I have this thing for Coladas. I love them. Every time I have a Colada of any kind I am instantly transported back to all my vacations in tropical paradises. I adore the classic Pina Colada, but I'm not at all adverse to adding more fruits. Mostly I add strawberries in my Strawberry Colada, but I had raspberries the other day and no strawberries and was in the mood to have a little beach time (thanks to being subjected to the high desert temps of Tucson) so....

The Raspberry Colada Recipe
1 Oz. Raspberry Vodka
1 Oz. Coconut Rum
1 Oz. Pineapple Rum
1 Oz. Coconut Water
Juice of ½ a Lime
1 Oz. Pineapple Juice
1/3 C. Coconut Flakes
1/4 C. Sugar
Pineapple Spear & Raspberries Garnish

Grind the coconut flakes with the sugar until you have a coarse powder. Dip your glass rim in some pineapple juice, then into the coconut sugar and chill in the freezer.  Pour the vodka and the rums, the coconut water and the pineapple juice into a martini shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.  Pour into your cold martini glass, garnish with your pineapple spear, if you have it, and a few of the raspberries on a cocktail pick and serve.

Mix up a view, play Rupert Holmes ESCAPE, The Pina Colada Song, and take yourself away to a tropical locale!



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20140724

Mucho Margaritas for National Tequila Day!


HAPPY
NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY!

My favorite way to enjoy tequila is in a margarita. I prefer mine with some kind of fruit and blended most of the time (but not always!) Below are my favorite Fruit Margaritas listed in order of my favorites:

(I absolutely love this one for two reasons, Blackberries are great in margaritas and I love the recipe card I designed for it inspired by the movie, Thelma and Louise!)

(I love cherries, I love margarita-tinis > Win/Win)

(The color and flavor of blood oranges makes this one a total babe of a cocktail)

BLUEBERRY MARGARITA-TINI
It's all about the blueberries!

(Refreshing with a spicy bite - a lovely sip in summer)

THE MARGARITAVILLE MARTINI
(A classic margarita for Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads - the recipe card has a cool Scarlett Macaw Parrot on it!)

MONSTROUS RITA-TINI MARTINI
(A Halloween themed, orange flavored martini with some spooky garnish.)

LOADED CACTUS SLIDERITAS
A Cactus Pear Margarita Loaded with Mexi Sliders & Happy Hour Treats.

BEER MARGARITAS
(Because, you know, Beer! And Margaritas!)

BLUE CRYSTAL MARGARITA
Concocted especially for Breaking Bad Addicts!


Happy National Tequila Day! 

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Here's some of my fun Tequila Inspired Tees:


And check out my fun Margarita POP ART & Gifts:


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20140719

BLUEBERRY DAIQUIRI for National Daiquiri Day


Happy National Daiquiri Day!

The Daiquiri is very near and dear to me because it's the very first real cocktail I ever had, thanks to my sister. Having a Daiquiri always brings back memories of her and is the cocktail that started me on the road to becoming The Martini Diva.

History of The Daiquiri:
The Daiquiri cocktail is said to have originated in the Venus bar in Santiago near an iron mine and a beach both bearing the name Daiquiri. According to the story it was invented by some American miners who ran out of gin. Making use of the local rum, limes and sugars of the region the miners got creative and the Daiquiri was born. Admiral Lucius W. Johnson of the U.S. Navy discovered it in his travels and introduced the Daiquiri to the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC and soon it became a favorite of the likes of Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.

When wartime rationing made whiskey, gin and vodka hard to come by in the 1940s rum came into it's own thanks to Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy which opened up trade to Cuba and the Caribbean and the Daiquiri began to appear in American bars throughout the country.

The original Daiquiri was a mixture of rum, lime, and sugar, served over ice, though most people are more familiar with the frozen, or blended version. The very first fruit flavored Daiquiri was the Banana Daiquiri but today the Daiquiri can be enjoyed in every fruit from the world over.

You'll find several of my favorite fruity versions at the bottom of this post. For National Daiquiri Day this year I am sharing my new recipe for my:

BLUEBERRY DAIQUIRI
2 Oz. Light Rum
1/2 C. Frozen Blueberries
1 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tbsp. Blueberry Simple Syrup
(recipe for syrup here)
1 C. Ice
Sugar for Rim
Fresh Blueberries for garnish

Rim glass with sugar then chill in the freezer. Add all ingredients, except the fresh blueberries, to a blender and pulse until slushy. Pour into your chilled glass, garnish & enjoy!


More Fruit Daiquiris You Might Enjoy:
BANANA DAIQUIRI
BING CHERRY DAIQUIRI
CANTALOUPE DAIQUIRI (aka OrangeIsTheNewBlack Daiquiri)
PEACH DAIQUIRI (Blended)
PEACH SOUR DAIQUIRI (Unblended)

Have a Daiquiri and a great National Daiquiri Day!
 



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20140701

Maple Leaf Cocktail


A very
HAPPY CANADA DAY
to our neighbors up North!

THE MAPLE LEAF COCKTAIL

1-1/2 Oz. Canadian Whiskey
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
Canada Dry Ginger Ale
1/2 Oz. Lemon Juice
Lemon Twist, Candied Ginger & Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Shake whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup with a cup of ice, strain into glass, top off with ginger ale, garnish with candied ginger, cherry and twist.

CHEERS, EH?




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20140623

PLUM PERFECT SHRUB COCKTAIL

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Having just posted about making Vinegar Shrubs aka Drinking Vinegars, I had to make myself a cocktail from these wonderful syrups I had created. I had made plum, strawberry, blueberry, cranberry and watermelon shrubs, in that order, so I decided to start with the Plum Shrub Cocktail first!

Plum Perfect Shrub Cocktail

2 Oz. Vodka
2 Oz. Plum Shrub
Dash of Orange Bitters
Orange Twist
Pinch of Cinnamon

Chill your glass in the freezer.  Fill your cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, plum shrub syrup and the dash of orange bitters.  Shake until chilled than garnish with the orange twist - expressing the oils over the cocktail - and dust a pinch of cinnamon over the top.

That's it! Enjoy and read up on Drinking Vinegars and stay tuned for more Shrub Cocktails!



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