20140912

CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE MARTINI Recipe

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September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day and I am always up for celebrating anything chocolate by adding a little booze!  This is exactly what it sounds like a, chocolate milkshake, just a little more spirited:

THE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE MARTINI
1 Oz. Chocolate Vodka
1/2 Oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
Splash of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 Scoop of Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Dark Chocolate Shavings

Chill your martini glass for at least 15 minutes then take out and quickly swirl some of the chocolate syrup around the glass bowl and immediately place back in the freezer.  Combine the Vodka, Bailey's along with the scoop of chocolate ice cream in a blender and blend only until smooth, don't over blend, you don't want a thin milkshake!
Pour into your chilled martini glass, garnish with the chocolate shavings on top and enjoy!

If, like me, you prefer a malt over a milkshake, feel perfectly free to add a teaspoon or so of malted milk powder.  I prefer Carnation myself.

Welcome to The Martini Diva's Ye Olde Boozy Ice Cream Shoppe!
 
Fun Facts About Milkshakes:
The first milkshake was documented in print at 1885 in a newspaper.
In certain parts of the world a milkshake is known as a "frappe"
McDonald's founder Ray Kroc was a milkshake machine seller.
In 2000 Ira Freehof, made a 6000 gallon milkshake, the world’s largest milkshake according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The electric blender was invented, by Steven Poplawski, 1922 specifically for milkshakes.
During the filming of the original PLANET OF THE APES, actors in the apes costumes were fed milkshakes because they couldn't eat through their ape masks but could drink through a straw.
 



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20140910

Celebrate CALIFORNIA GRAPE DAY with a White Grape Martini

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September 10th is California Grape Day and the best way to celebrate the martini way is with my White Grape Martini. It's a great way to pay tribute to the fruit of the vine if you're not a wine drinker!

A while back a friend of mine who grows grapes brought over a huge bunch of these teeny weeny little green grapes from his "vineyard". They were the tiniest little grapes I'd ever seen, barely the size of a pea! He hands them to me and says, "make me a martini from these!"

So I grabbed his itty bitty, sweet little grapes and smashed the heck out of them in my cocktail shaker with a muddler, added some grape vodka and a little white grape juice and lemon juice and voila:

THE WHITE GRAPE MARTINI
1-1/2 Oz. Grape Vodka
1 Oz. White Grape Juice
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lemon
Splash of Lemon Lime Soda
1/4 Cup of Green Grapes
Grapes for Garnish

Chill your glass in the freezer. Muddle the 1/4 cup of grapes, the juice of the lemon and the grape vodka in the bottom of your cocktail shaker, add one cup of ice then pour in the white grape juice and shake until chilled.  Strain into your martini glass, add the splash of soda then garnish with the grapes.

Enjoy, and, yes, you can try this with red grapes as well!

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20140907

Prohibition Cocktails for Boardwalk Empire


NO ONE GOES QUIETLY!

I'm a huge fan of Boardwalk Empire and, like all other fans, was overjoyed when HBO announced it was bringing the show back for one final season.

How could a cocktail lover not adore a series that features booze and Prohibition as major characters? Not to mention the great Steve Buscemi as the anti-hero, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson.

To celebrate I have put together a list of some of the more obscure Prohibition era cocktails so we can retro toast to a little more Nucky and a lot more Atlantic City antics. But be warned, like many speakeasy concoctions, Nucky and the era itself, these are quietly dangerous. Now grab your vintage cocktail shaker, add ice and shake:

FLUFFY RUFFLES
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Italian Vermouth
Lemon Peel Garnish

BEE'S KNEES
2 Oz. Gin 
1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Honey

WHITE LADY
1 Oz. Cointreau
2 Oz. Gin
1/2 Part Lemon Juice

CHARLIE CHAPLIN
1 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Oz. Gin
1 Oz. Apricot Brandy

ALEXANDER COCKTAIL
1 Part Gin
1 Part White Creme de Cacao
1 Part Cream

POOP POOP A DOOP
1/2 Oz. Rum
1/2 Oz. Dry Gin
1/2 Oz Kronon Swedish Punsch
1 Dash Apricot Brandy

CORPSE REVIVER
3/4 Oz. Gin
3/4 Oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
3/4 Oz Lillet Blanc
1 dash Absinthe

The day repeal passes, I intend to be open for business legally, in the thirstiest country on Earth ~ Nucky

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20140905

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Edible Cocktail Gels


Who doesn't love chocolate? Who doesn't love white chocolate? How about chocolate chips? And booze? Yep, and got 'em all right here in adorable little edible cocktails for you! Yes, yes, I know. I'm evil.

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP
EDIBLE COCKTAIL GELS
(aka really chocolate loaded jello shots!)

INGREDIENTS:
WHITE CHOCOLATE PUDDING GEL SECTION

1 Pkg. White Chocolate Pudding Mix
2 Pkt. Knox Gelatin
1-1/2 C. Half & Half
1/2 C. Whipped Cream Vodka
1/2 C. White Creme de Cacao
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips, Chopped

CHOCOLATE FUDGE PUDDING GEL SECTION

1 Pkg. White Chocolate Pudding Mix
2 Pkt. Knox Gelatin
1-1/2 C. Chocolate Milk
1/2 C. Chocolate Vodka
1/2 C. Dark Creme de Cacao

TOOLS:
Measuring Cups & Spoons, Silicon Candy Mold, Large Spoon, Medium Mixing Bowls, Whip, Spray, Cooking Oil, 2 medium sauce pans.

DIRECTIONS FOR BOTH LAYERS:
  • Spray your pans and/or mold(s) with cooking oil and set aside.
  • Pour the pudding mix into a bowl and set aside.
  • Measure out 1 cup of the non-alcoholic liquid (the chocolate milk for the chocolate layer, the half & half for the white chocolate layer) and set aside by the pudding mix
  • Pour in ONLY 1/2 C. of non-alcoholic liquid into pan.
  • Sprinkle in 2 Knox Packets.
  • Let that sit for a couple of minutes, then stir well.
  • Warm this liquid and gelatin mixture over medium-low heat, stirring often for about 3 minutes or until the gelatin has completely dissolved, stir well and sit aside.
  • IN A BOWL mix the REMAINING 1 cup of non-alcoholic liquid with the package of pudding mix and whip briskly for a full minute.
  • Pour in the liquid and gelatin mixture and stir in completely.
  • Add in the 1 cup of alcohol (the chocolate vodka and dark creme de cacao for the chocolate layer, the whipped cream vodka and white creme de cacao for the white chocolate layer) and whip mixture again, briskly, for a full minute.
  • If you're adding anything extra, like the chocolate chip bits, fold it in here.
  • Prepare and pour the white chocolate layer first, allow this to set for an hour, then prepare and pour in the dark chocolate layer and allow the gels to set for a minimum of four hours.

PRESENTATION:
Dust a pretty plate with some cocoa powder, set a few gels around in a nice configuration then add a few chocolate chips or chocolate curls.

These will really impress your guests . . . if you can keep from eating them all yourself . . .



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20140904

Beat the Fall Heat: CUCUMBER CILANTRO MARTINI

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The end of summer doesn't mean the end of the heat, especially here in the Southwest, so I like to take a cool, refreshing cocktail out onto the deck to watch the sunsets and this is a perfect sip on a warm early Fall evening:

CUCUMBER CILANTRO MARTINI

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Lime juice
1/2 Oz Agave Syrup
2 Cucumber slices
Fresh Cilantro

Chill your glass in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, cilantro and lime juice. Fill cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, and agave syrup. Shake, and strain into your chilled martini glass then garnish with a cucumber slice and a sprig of cilantro.
 
Enjoy until the first leaves start to fall!
 



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20140829

A PICKLED BLOODY MARTINI

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Because I love Bloodys and pickled things....
and because I still had some lovely Naked Jay Dill Pickle Vodka ....
 
A PICKLED BLOODY MARTINI
 Don't freak out at the Dill Pickle Vodka! If you like dill pickles it tastes just like them and it's great in this cocktail!

1-1/2 Oz. Dill Pickle Vodka
2 Oz. Tomato Juice
Splash of Dill Pickle Juice
Dash of Tabasco
Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Juice of 1/4 Fresh Lime
Celery Salt
Black Pepper
Garnishes: 1 Jalapeno Pepper, 1 Midget Dill Pickle, Slice of Lime, 2 Cherry Tomatoes

Chill your martini glass in the freezer.  Slide the garnishes onto a cocktail pick and set aside.  Add a cup of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker then pour in the Dill Pickle Vodka, tomato juice, pickle juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Celery Salt and shake until nicely chilled. Pour into your chilled glass, shake the black pepper on top and place your loaded cocktail pick across the rim and serve.
 
Enjoy. Don't get too pickled . . .



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20140828

Hot Watermelon Margarita


HOT WATERMELON MARTINI-RITA

2 Oz. Tequila Blanco
1-1/2 Oz. Watermelon Puree
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
1 Tablespoon of Agave Syrup
2 Drops Chipotle Hot Sauce
Pinch of Salt
Sugar and Salt Mixture for Rim

Dip your glass rim in some of the agave syrup then into the sugar and salt mixture. Chill glass in the freezer.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour in the tequila, the watermelon puree, the Cointreau, lime juice, agave syrup, pinch of salt and the drops of hot sauce. Shake until well chilled, pour into your chilled glass, garnish with a slice of fresh watermelon.  If you'd like, you can add a pinch of salt and couple of extra drops of hot sauce to the watermelon!

Enjoy and Arriba!



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