20080929

INCOMING HALLOWEEN MARTINIS - Get Ready for the Martini Monster's Newest Halloween Martinis This Month!



It's time again for my Halloween Cocktails
with my ghoulish garnishes that never fail
to amuse my visitors as tasty treats.
I'll even give links to some Halloween eats!

I'll stir and mix to shake up some trouble
and post the recipes for you on the double!
Yes, for the whole month of goblins and ghouls
I'll be posting martinis for you Halloween fools!

Be ready to be spooked, there's hundreds in all.
The names alone will make your skin crawl!
So save your gummy worms and a gummy eyeball,
I'm posting my Creepy Cocktails again this fall!

Image and Poem Copyright 2008 by PopArtDiva.com

ALL MY HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS

Please drink responsibly.
Updated 10-2016

20080926

SEX ON THE BEACH MARTINI - A peachy martini with a raspberry twist

Oh come on, you knew it was coming - The Sex on the Beach-a-Tini - and this one comes with two advisories - drink responsibly AND practice safe sex!

This pretty pink/peach martini is delicious and dangerous - how do you think it got it's name? So be advised and be warned - this is not the martini to drink on a first date! Enjoy this one safely at home with a couple of good friends, some great munchies and a chick flick.


20080924

The B.L.T. MARTINI - Taking a Bloody Martini up a Notch!


Thanks for stopping by.
I've been posting cocktail recipes for over ten years and it was high time I did a little housekeeping so I've organized my recipes and archived them all in one place.

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Updated 8-2017
Please drink responsibly.

20080922

Got the Blues today? Here's the MONDAY BLUES MARTINI for you!


I bought a bottle of Blueberry Vodka and have been experimenting with it a lot lately.  This Monday Blues Martini uses the blueberry vodka and blueberry brandy and gets it's color from the Blue Curacao which is an orange flavored liquor that goes nicely with the blueberry flavor.

The nice thing about this martini is that the fresh blueberries for garnish bring in the anti-blues antioxidants into the mix to help find those Monday blues.



Updated 9-2016.

Please drink responsibly.

20080919

Berry Chocolate Frappe Martini - Dessert Martini for Raspberry and Chocolate Lovers!


The
BERRY CHOCOLATE FRAPPE MARTINI HAS MOVED HERE

As you might know if you are a devoted reader (kisses to you if you are!), I am very fond of Three Olives Cherry Vodka. I also have become quite enamored of their Berry Vodka and have been experimenting with it as well.

This Berry Chocolate Frappe Martini is perfect for a dessert martini to put the crowning glory on a meal or just when you need a little chocolate or raspberry fix and it's Martini Hour! Just wanted to take you into the weekend on a sweet note!

Updated March 2016


20080917

TRIPLE ORANGE MARTINI - When You Just Can't Get Enough Orange!


For those of you who just love orange juice this Triple Orange Martini should be almost enough for you! It's orange from top to bottom and in flavor and color. I don't see how you could pack much more orange in anything!

Orange you glad you stopped by today?

20080915

THE CHILI WATERMELON MARTINI Recipe Card

After over 10 years of blogging out cocktail recipes to the webz I finally had to get around to a little housekeeping and organize my recipes!

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20080912

THE BLUE MOON TEQUILA MARTINI - BUENO!

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One more tequila martini for your recipe files! The Blue Moon Tequila Martini has a nice tang of tropical pineapple and it's the color of the ocean off the Baja Peninsula! Just the thing to put a little "Aye! Chihuahua!" in your day! Ole!

Don't forget to click over to The Tiny Food Diva for some great appetizers to go with this fun tequila martini!

20080909

NEED A CUSTOM MARTINI FOR A SPECIAL EVENT? Who You Gonna Call? THE MARTINI DIVA!!


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on a
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with your personal or marketing message
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Serve your Custom Martini at your event, hand out the recipes cards and put your own personal or marketing message on the back.
It's a fun way to give your employees, participants, friends or members a wonderful keepsake while keeping your brand or memory out there in a fun way!

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For more information and a price quote to get your own custom martini developed just contact The Martini Diva at: MakeMyMartini@popartdiva.com.

20080908

SIESTA TEQUILA MARTINI - For those of you who prefer tequila to vodka!

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I have a friend who asked me for a Tequila Martini because she doesn't drink vodka and prefers tequila. So I tested out some tequila cocktails out there, adjusted them to my tastes (and hopefully yours!)

Later this week I will post the recipe for a classic martini but made with tequila!

Try this Siesta Tequila Martini out with some of my Tiny Foods (cocktail party appetizers!)

20080905

QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING MARTINIS? MORE MARTINI TIPS!

MORE MARTINI TIPS
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MARTINI POSSIBLE!

SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE - SHAKE YOUR 'TINI!
There is a big debate between the shakers and stirrers when it comes to martinis. The stirrers are proponents of the "no bruise" rule and are generally classic gin martini drinkers. You see, the reason folks will tell you not to shake a gin martini is you don't want to "bruise" the gin and destroy the juniper berry flavor of a high quality gin. This is kind of hogwash. Gin doesn't "bruise". What they're referring to is the dilution of the cocktail. Shaking adds more water which can disturb the taste and nose of the botanicals in gin. Shaking also adds air will muddies up the cocktail and it adds little ice shards unless well strained. All these are the reasons most folks don't shake.

Vodka is not so delicate an alcohol and shaking a vodka martini is favored over stirring. Why? Because you want a very cold martini and vodka can take it, no delicate botanicals to disturb. Shaking your martini allows for a quickly chilled martini with ice cold vodka, which is how vodka should be imbibed. Ask the Russians.

To aid in chilling your martini and keeping it chilled remember to chill your martini shaker and your martini glass. It helps to chill the ingredients as well - I like to keep my vodkas in the freezer. Alcohol does not freeze at normal home freezer temperatures and the alcohol stays really cold but still liquid.

WHAT IS A DASH?
No, it's not a race. A dash is a little bigger than a pinch. Oh, okay a dash is about 1/8 of a teaspoon or .02 fluid ounces.

THEN WHAT'S A PINCH?
Exactly what it says it is. A pinch of the amount of a dry ingredient that you can pinch between your forefinger and your thumb.

WHAT IS A SPLASH?
The Mac Daddy of "ishes" - about 1/4 to 1/2 ounce, usually based on personal preferences.

WHAT KIND OF ICE?
Either cubed or cracked ice will do, but do not use crushed ice as it will melt too quickly and dilute your drink. And please use filtered water to make your ice. Get those nasty tap water chemicals out of your martini.

WHAT KIND OF SHAKER SHOULD I USE?
Glass or stainless steel because they do not absorb flavors and won't taint your next martini. Plastic and aluminum will absorb minute amounts of the elements mixed in them and will eventually come to add flavors to your cocktails you didn't intend to add.

HOW LONG DO YOU SHAKE A MARTINI?
Just a few seconds, okay, around a minute at least. Long enough to chill the martini but not dilute the ingredients - watch for the shaker to frost up on the outside.

CHILL!
Chill your ingredients, chill your glasses and chill your shaker. Why? Because the colder all the elements the colder and more pure the flavor of the martini. Warm anything makes your martini watered down.

MY FREEZER'S TOO SMALL! HOW DO I CHILL MY GLASSES?
Simple - fill the martini glass with a few ice cubes and add some cold water and let that sit in your glass while you mix your martini. Be sure to pour this out and shake the glass to get out any extra water.

WHAT'S A DRUNKEN OLIVE - AN OLIVE LOOKING FOR A 501?
No, a drunken olive isn't going to get a D.U.I. - can your olives drive? But it is a wonderful taste sensation because it's been sitting in your drink soaking up all the nice alcohol - just like you. A wonderful end to a wonderful refreshing martini.

You can also serve drunken olives as an appetizer. Just toss a few of your favorite olives in a nice, sterilized jar, pour your vodka or gin over them and let them sit for a day or two.

BTW - you can make drunken fruits too and they're wonderful as garnish in my designer martinis as well as perfect toppings for pound cake and ice creams.

THE ICE MAN COMETH - HOW MUCH ICE SHOULD I USE?
What is ice for? To make things cold! So the more ice, the quicker your martini chills and the less watered down it gets! I usually put in enough ice to fill my ice cold shaker about 2/3's full.

WHY DO THEY CALL IT A "DRY" MARTINI WHEN IT'S ALL LIQUID?
The less vermouth used the "drier" the martini - why? Because regular (not dry) vermouth is somewhat sweet and the less sweet the more "dry" a drink is considered. It's sort of like dry humor - some people like it and some don't.

"Y" ARE MARTINI GLASSES SHAPED LIKE A BIG "Y"?
Because this shape allows the drinker to hold the glass in two different places without warming the martini - by the stem or at the rim, that's "Y". Martinis are always best served ice cold - like revenge!

The wide brim also allows for the release of the "bouquet" of your martini. (It wafts right up there and tickles your nose and gets your mouth ready!)

WHY CAN'T I ORDER A PITCHER OF MARTINIS?
Because, my flophouse friend, martinis are best served ice cold - serving them in a pitcher would allow them to warm up much too much and defeat all that hard work of chilling, mixing, shaking or stirring them to perfection! Pitchers are for beer and those tawdry margaritas.

Unless, or course, you think you can drink a 48 ounce martini in half an hour?  And if you can and if you do - please switch back to beer. Martinis are to be sipped and savored not guzzled. We be sophisticated boozers here, ya know.

BTW, All of the above applies to all other cocktails as well.

 Updated December 2015

20080903

THE RAZZATINI - A Raspberry Martini with a Twist!

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This is the very first martini I ever made. It is still one of my top five favorite martinis. The Razzatini began my obsession with "designer martinis", flavored martinis, cocktails and martini glass collecting!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Razzatini - a raspberry martini with a twist of lemon and the reason I am now known as The Martini Diva!

Enjoy and think of me with each sip! Don't forget to get some great h'ors d'oeuvres-appetizer recipes to go with it from The Tiny Food Diva!
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