20091231

SPARKLING PEAR MARTINI


If you're a pear fan this Sparkling Pear Martini is a great way to ring in the New Year. The Champagne and pear flavors really blend nicely for a subtle taste. I like fresh pear juice from the Comice pear if I can get them but bottled juice is okay. What's critical in this martini is a good pear brandy and a quality Champagne or sparkling wine.

If you're new to drinking Champagne be aware that a sparkling wine cannot truly be called Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France. All other "champagnes" are technically sparkling wines that use the champenoise method, many of which are excellent choices for your New Year's Champagne Martinis!

A little reminder for a safe, happy and healthy New Year's celebration: According to the National Highway Traffic Commission 41% of all traffic fatalities occur during the New Year's period.

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20091230

NEW YEAR'S MARTINIS - Champagne Martini #4



The Raspberry Resolution Martini might just be my favorite of all my new Champagne martinis. It uses some of my favorite ingredients - Champagne (of course), Raspberry Vodka, Chambord and Crème de Cassis!

It's a variation of my Kir Royale Cocktail (which is basically a classic Kir Royale Cocktail) and if you would like a little history on Crème de Cassis check that post out.

You gotta watch out for this martini - it's so delicious you can easily over indulge so pace yourself!

If you're going out on New Year's be sure to appoint a Designated Driver, don't drink and drive and keep an eye out on your friends to keep them safe too. Drink Responsibly this holiday season!

Updated 8-2016

20091229

NEW YEAR'S MARTINIS - Champagne Martini #3

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20091228

NEW YEAR'S MARTINIS - Champagne Martini #2



My New Year's Champagne Martini #2 is the MERRY MIMOSA MARTINI. This is a twist on the classic Mimosa cocktail of Champagne and Orange juice, the addition of Cointreau and a bit of sugar pumps up the mimosa to the next level.

If I can get my hands on enough ripe tangerines I will make this with fresh tangerine juice instead of orange juice because I love tangerines. Be sure to add the Champagne after you pour the other ingredients into your chilled martini glass - if you put the Champagne into the martini shaker and shake it with the other ingredients the effervescence of the bubbly can build up and your martini shaker can blow it's top off!


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20091227

NEW YEAR'S MARTINIS - Champagne Martini #1



With 2010 fast approaching there are a lot of parties and celebrations being planned for New Year's and the favorite beverage for this special holiday has traditionally been Champagne. Starting today, and continuing through New Year's Day, I am posting six Champagne cocktails that make wonderful martinis which feature the effervescence of that famous sparkling wine.

Today's martini is the Bubbling Fruit Brandy Martini, a simple mixture of your favorite flavored fruit brandy and Champagne. I love this one with apricot or cherry brandy and have also tried it with blackberry brandy and pear brandy.

Whichever flavor you choose be sure to add a slice of the corresponding fresh fruit for your garnish. If you want to spice it up a bit try adding a dash of spice that blends well with the fruit to your rimming sugar!

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20091226

NEW YEAR'S MARTINIS! Gearing up to welcome 2010!


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Christmas is over - whew! Hope you had a great one BUT don't forget you have less than a week to plan your New Year's celebration to welcome in the year 2010!

Today I have posted my New Year's Resolution Martini just for all of you who are planning out your New Year's Resolutions - this is a classic martini with a garnish of funny, a joke martini to remind you just how many of those resolutions you are actually going to keep!!

Stay tuned every day through January 1, 2010 for a special line up of Champagne Martinis! I have tried out and fine tuned 6 New Year's Martinis that all use our favorite celebration libation - Champagne! The Martini Diva is going to put the sparkle in your New Year's Eve and the bubbles in your New Year!

So get your party hats on, grab your noisemakers and hang with The Martini Diva all this week as we lead up to the New Year of 2010! And don't miss the Second Annual MARTINI DIVA AWARDS on New Year's Eve where I post this 2009's most popular martinis!

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20091224

CHRISTMAS MARTINI - Rudolf's Reindeer Martini



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The last Christmas Martini for the season is Rudolf's Reindeer Martini - a yummy blend of coconut rum, Bailey's and vodka with a really cute garnish. That's right you're going to take some Cinnamon sticks, a Maraschino cherry and turn it into Rudolf's head for your garnish!

I hope you've enjoyed trying out all my holiday martinis this year and be sure to continue visiting for all my designer and seasonal martini recipes.

Happy Holidays from The Martini Diva!

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20091223

CHRISTMAS MARTINI - Candy Cane Martini


The Candy Cane Martini is one of my most popular Christmas Martinis. It's also one of the most simple recipes - 1.5 ounces of chilled vodka to 1/2 ounce of Peppermint Schnapps - shake with ice, pour into your chilled martini glass and rim with crushed mini candy canes. If you're lazy just hang a mini candy cane on the rim BUT the rimming trick is really festive.

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20091222

CHRISTMAS MARTINI - Mulled Cider Martini

 
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The Mulled Cidertini is a perfect martini for sipping in front of the Christmas Yule log in your fireplace! It's a Christmas version of the classic apple martini with the addition of the traditional fruits and spices of mulled cider!

These are really nice served with your favorite Christmas cookies - mine are my Mom's Gingersnaps or my PopArtDiva Cookies. If this doesn't bring you memories of ice skating and building snowmen then I'm sorry but you must be a Grinch!

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20091221

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Snowball Martini is Chocolate & Mint!

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Nothing quite says Christmas Cheer like chocolate and peppermint and the Snowball Martini has both in abundance! The Peppermint Schnapps and White Creme de Cacao blend nicely with some cream for a lovely white snowball of a martini.

The sparkle for your Snowball Martini comes from the edible silver flakes you sprinkle on top for the garnish! Can't get more holiday spirit than a sparkly snowball in a martini glass!

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20091219

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Raspberries are Holly Berries!

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The Holly Berry Martini has turned raspberries into Holly Berries for the holidays in this gin based martini. This one uses fresh raspberry juice - I make mine by tossing raspberries into my Bullet mixer and blending until it's as liquid as I can get it, then I strain it and pour that through a coffee filter. If you can find pure raspberry juice in the grocery aisle you can use that too, much easier, but I've not been able to find pure raspberry juice in my area.

If you want to really dress this martini up for Christmas roll the whole raspberries in sugar for the garnish and add a lovely green mint leaf!

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20091215

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Cranapple-Tini

 
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This one is for all of you who love my apple martinis. Instead of using apple juice you use cranberry juice - great for the extra anti-oxidants and vitamins and it really gives this a holiday flavor.

My favorite part of the martini? Well, aside from the booze, I LOVE the sugared cranberries. They're like fresh fruit sweet tarts - they'll set your taste buds to 10 on the wow dial!


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20091211

CHRISTMAS RECIPE CARD for your own Recipes!

Here's another free Christmas themed blank recipe card for you to download. Write your own favorite Christmas recipes for your own files or for friends on my Pop Art Christmas Trees design! Simply right click, save as and print out on some heavy card stock.

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20091210

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Santa's Favorite Martini!



On Christmas Eve instead of putting out a plate of cookies and milk why don't you shake up the SANTA'S COOKIES & MILKATINI and give Santa some real Christmas cheer? I'll bet it will improve the quantity and quality of the presents under your tree and in your stockings come Christmas morning!

This delicious chocolate martini is guaranteed to pump up the jolly in everyone and you can't beat the Oreo cookie rimming mixture!

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20091208

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Egg Nog Martini


I had a friend over last night and we shared a couple of these Diva Nogatinis. Yes, it is basically spiked egg nog but, as I've said before, everything tastes better in a martini glass, lol!

Last night I added a little purple sugar crystals to the rimming sugar to complement my Hand Painted Pop Art Martini Glasses I served them in:

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20091204

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Winter Snowflake Martini




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I have a friend who loves Amaretto so I created this martini for her. My favorite part of this martini is the chocolate flavored candy canes, lol. I found great ones made with Hershey's Chocolate last year at Walmart and nearly ate them all before they made it to a martini!

Don't use regular mint candy canes - the mint doesn't go well with the Amaretto, or at least I don't think it does. If you can't find the chocolate candy canes garnish with an almond cookie or rim the glass with the nutmeg mixed with sugar.

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20091203

CHRISTMAS THEMED RECIPE CARDS for YOUR OWN RECIPES!


Here's the first of my new Blank Recipe Cards I designed for your Christmas Recipes. Just right click and save as, then print it out!

I'll post a new blank card each Thursday until Christmas so be sure to check back!

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20091201

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - White Christmas Martini

 
The White Christmas Martini is one of my most popular Christmas Martinis because it's basically spiked egg nog! Yup, a little Captain Morgan's rum and a sprinkling of Edible Gold Flakes and you have the classic holiday cheer transported into a classy holiday martini!
I just bought a quart of egg nog and my annual bottle of Captain Morgan's just for this delish martini. There's something so "It's a Wonderful Life" about egg nog at Christmas time. Every time a martini glass clinks and angel gets its wings, lol!

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20091130

CHRISTMAS MARTINISI

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If you're looking for holiday cocktails you've come to the right place or almost to the right place.  I've done a little holiday housekeeping and consolidated ALL MY CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS in one convenient location for you.

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20091125

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS! Fall Apple Jack Martini

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 Another whiskey based martini - like the Cranberry A Go-Go below only this time using apple as the flavor. This reminds me of Apple Jack - a liqueur distilled from apples - though I think the whiskey actually gives this a more complex flavor than Apple Jack.

This martini is perfect served with smoked cheeses and could be a nice Man Martini for those macho types who scoff at girly drinks, lol. It's sweet but it's got Jack Daniels in it - just lower the level of apple pucker and put more Jack in it - you won't hear any male grumbling at all.

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20091124

GINGERBREAD MARTINI

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I have to admit the Gingerbread Martini is my favorite Thanksgiving Martini - probably because it tastes just like my Mom's Gingersnap cookies! Those have been and will always be my favorite cookies ever but cookies take a lot more work than making this martini! What's really cool about this Gingerbread Martini is it's like getting the cookies and milk together!

But, just in case you have the time, here is my Mama's Ginger Snap Cookie Recipe  - I prefer mine chewy so only bake them for 11 minutes:



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20091123

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS! Cranberry Martini!


So, why do I call this the CRANBERRY A-GO-GO MARTINI? Because it's made with whiskey and my baby boomer brain immediately thought of the famous Whiskey A GO GO, the famous nightclub on The Strip (Sunset Blvd.) in L.A. The Whiskey opened in 1964 and most of the icons of Rock & Roll played there or wandered in at one time or another during it's heyday in the 60s and 70s. I know, the only thing that really has to do with martinis is both involve booze but that's how my brain rolls these days, lol.

That being said, if you're a Jack Daniels fan this Cranberry Martini is a perfect Thanksgiving cocktail for you! It brings in the cranberry element of Thanksgiving dinner in a whole new way!

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20091120

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS! Candy Appled Martini


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The Candy Appled Martini is a fun raspberry-apple flavored martini that uses apple vodka and sour apple pucker for a really nice apple kick. It's just like having a nice apple cider with a little holiday kick. I buy one of those soft candy apples and slice it up for a garnish - the hard coating apples don't slice up too great, lol.

I like to serve this with a small appetizer plate of smoked Gouda and some crackers - nothing too hearty or filling, especially if you're doing this just before your big Thanksgiving dinner.

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20091118

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS



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20091111

Hand Painted MARTINI GLASSES




Yes, had to do some hand painted martini glasses!

Each glass is a unique design but I painted in tandem with another glass for a matched set. I used porcelain paints, available at your local Michaels store  art store amd filled them with fun pop art stars, hearts, lightening bolts and other geometric shapes dance around the bowls of each glass in a rainbow of color.

Fine painting details on each shape bring depth of color and interest, and the hand placed rhinestones, faux pearls and other fun three dimensional embellishments add a sparkling of bling.

Nope, I don't just use them to serve cocktails.

 

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20091105

POLKA DOT MARTINI DIVA ART & PEACH MARTINI

Here is my latest Martini Art design for The Martini Diva Boutique:

THE POLKA DOT MARTINI DIVA

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Feel Free to Customize your purchase too! You can change the text in the balloon, add names, sayings or even more photos!

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The What a Peach Martini

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20091101

HAND PAINTED MARTINI GLASSES - One of a Kind!


These are the first of my NEW HAND PAINTED MARTINI GLASSES that I will be offering for sale at my Etsy store - The Original Art of Pop Art Diva.

I hand paint and design two at a time so that if you want a pair they will have exactly the same color profiles and balance - though all of my glasses will look great with each other.

Unlike many of the "hand painted, original" martini glasses out there - selling for $25 to $35 each - each one of these is an original design, painted by me and not farmed out to a factory overseas.

These are only going to be available for a limited time as one of a kind originals so grab yours quick - they may soon become collectors items!

Each glass is an original design
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20091030

HALLOWEEN MARTINIS - Berry Scary Martini

is a really fruity, sweet martini with a deep purple color that is great for adding color to your Halloween cocktail party. This is actually a martini I do all year long because I love the berry/cherry flavors - it makes a great dessert martini too if you freeze it into a Granita and serve it with a spoon.

I hope you have your costumes ready, your designated driver assigned and are all ready to party down this Halloween weekend! Please drink responsibly, be safe and don't drive under the influence!


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20091029

HALLOWEEN MARTINIS - Hot & Spicy Tomato Martini

If you like hot and spicy then the Blood & Guts Martini is right up your alley - using a tomato flavored vodka and V8 juice I've heated it up with a few drops of hot sauce and some chili powder and garnished it with a Jalapeno pepper!

This will add some smoke to your Halloween costume and will keep you nice and warm on a chilly All Hallows Eve, boy howdy will it, lol.

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20091028

HALLOWEEN MARTINI - Brain Pickle Martini

 
Yup, it's a PICKLE MARTINI - a Brain Pickle Martini. And before you reject it out of hand think about it for a minute - do you like dill pickles, do you like the dill herb? If you do then you might just enjoy this unique martini for a change of pace. Come on, live dangerously and try one, but remember if you try too many you might just wake up and forget that you tried any!

The Brain Pickle Martini - perfect for anyone who's dressing up as a mad scientist for any Halloween party, and mix up two so you can share with Igor.



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20091027

HALLOWEEN MARTINIS - 2 More Holiday Martinis for October 31st!





I'm a little behind today and a little late getting these up so I'm just going to tell you that these are two of my most popular Halloween martinis.

The Count's Blood-tini (now Dracula's Bloody Martini) is basically a Bloody Mary adapted to a martini glass. What makes it perfect for Halloween is it's bloody look - perfect for those vampires wandering around out there!

The Jack O'Lantern Martini is my Orange Julius Martini in a Halloween costume - it's a delish orange martini with a spooky twist.

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20091026

HALLOWEEN MARTINIS

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20091022

Halloween Martinis - Spider N Snake-a-Tini


Remember that song that went "I don't like spider and snakes but that ain't what it takes to love me"? Yeah, that's all I remember about it too. . . but you might just like the Spider N Snake-a-tini - especially if you're fond of bananas.

The Blavod black vodka and the Blue Curacao give it a really fun color and the banana liquor brings home the flavor. Drape a gummy worm or a gummy spider over the rim and you're good to go for a fun Halloween Martini!

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20091020

BLACK WIDOW MARTINI - A HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL

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The Black Widow Martini
is a grape and blackberry martini that is very sweet which makes it perfect for people who don't like the taste of booze. I was trying to create a dark purple or black martini for Halloween so I used dark purple grape juice for the base. This is a perfect martini for people who don't like the taste of alcohol because the grape juice and sugar content overpower the taste of booze.

Want to have a little more fun with this one? Serve it up from a cauldron steaming from dry ice and don't forget the plastic or gummy spider decorations, after all this is The Black Widow Martini.
 
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20091019

Halloween Martinis - Brain Drain-a-tini


Here's another of my famous Halloween Martini Recipes. The Brain Drainatini is not named idly - it will drain your brain if you don't drink wisely, so pace yourself and enjoy.

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20091016

Halloween Martinis - Smashed Pumpkin Martini


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Here's one of my favorite fall martinis - The Smashed Pumpkin-tini tastes just like a piece of liquid pumpkin pie! When you read the recipe you might think it would taste awful but, trust me, it doesn't! It's also a nice orange color and you can toss a pumpkin peep on top or garnish with some gruesome gummy candies!
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20091013

The Martini Divas have burst upon the Cocktail Hour


Just thought you all might get a kick out of the very first in my newest Martini Art series - The Martini Divas. This one is Three Martini Divas - how to roll at a cocktail party.

I've got a few others under way too - these will all be part of my martini book when it's completed but you can get them on Tees and Gifts at The Martini Diva Boutique below:


HEY, DON'T WORRY - THE HALLOWEEN MARTINIS WILL BE BACK TOMORROW!
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20091012

Halloween Martinis - Cinnamon Apple Martini


It's that time of year again! Halloween is just a few weeks away and The Martini Diva is a huge fan of all things Spooky, Scary, Ghoulish and come in a martini glass!

So , without further ado - here is Halloween Martini #1 - The Devil's in the Details - a luscious apple martini flavored with cinnamon and decked out with some hot little Red Hot candies that give the martini a fun little red sunset.

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20091008

HALLOWEEN RECIPES & RECIPE CARDS - Witchy

Here's another fun Halloween Themed blank recipe card for you to download and use for your own great Halloween Recipes - whether they be for cocktails or food! Next week I'll start posting my famous Halloween Martini Recipes to get you all prepared for you celebrations on the 31st of October - or whenever you happen to have your Halloween party.

I've got my purple and orange twinkle lights up and my pumpkins are all lit up and spooky so all I need is a Halloween martini and I'm going Goblin in style! How about you? What are your plans for your spooktacular Halloween?


ALL MY HALLOWEEN COCKTAILS

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20091001

HALLOWEEN RECIPES & RECIPE CARDS


It's that time of year again when ghosts and goblins start showing up on the horizon - It's time for Halloween Martini Recipes and Halloween Recipe Cards!

This is my Boogeyman Recipe Card which I've reformatted as a Free Blank Recipe Card for you to download so you can write down your favorite Halloween party recipes.

Stayed tuned for my other blank Halloween recipe cards coming up this month AND, OF COURSE, all my great Halloween Martini Recipes to spook up your Halloween entertaining. Don't forget I'll be posting my devilishly delish Halloween appetizers over at The Diva of Tiny Foods all month too.

If you like the Trick or Treat Boogeyman design, click on over to my holiday store to purchase the fun t-shirts, trick or treat bags, invitations, aprons, cups and other Boogeyman gear.

Here's to a month full of All Hallow's Eve fun, free recipe and frightful frolicking.

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Updated 8-2016

20090924

Free Blank Recipe Cards that match my Martini Art & Gifts!

This new free blank recipe card is actually the background for my newest Martini Art upload to The Martini Diva Boutique - Razz-A-Tini Martini. I absolutely love doing these backgrounds - they are so much fun to do and to look at. They also make great backdrops to my fun Martini Sketches. Now you can even get an apron to match your free recipe cards!

I'm also going to upload this background to my Business Branding Graphics store Taking Care of Business sometime tomorrow because it makes a great masthead and graphic for customizable letterheads, fliers, business cards and even matching tees and shoes!!

In the meantime, check out the great products you can get this design and it's sister with the martini on it, Razz-A-Tini:







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20090922

One More Free BLANK RECIPE CARD


Here's another free blank recipe card for your to download and save/print. It's called Power Play and it's one of the abstract designs I created for my Taking Care of Business Store (affordable business branding packages - customize my designs for your company's business cards, letterheads, promotional materials and order right from my store!)

I'll be adding more - just finished up doing two for Halloween and will be posting those in October!

I've had an infection and been taking medication so no martini drinking or creating lately, but - never fear - the Halloween martinis are coming!


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20090918

FREE BLANK RECIPE CARD and Halloween Martini update!


This blanc recipe card design is called Incorporated and I created it for my new Taking Care of Business Graphics Store and Stock Business Graphics (so if you're starting a new enterprise and need AFFORDABLE graphics check them out!)


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20090915

COCKTAIL SHAKING TIPS


TIPS FOR SHAKING YOUR COCKTAILS

1. Chill the Shaker First - you can do this by sticking it in the fridge/freezer or filling it with ice cubes. If you choose the method of using ice cubes be sure to empty out the melted ice and start with fresh cubes for each drink.

2. When you shaker is nicely chilled add your ice for the drink - I fill the shaker about half full to allow room for the drink ingredients.

3. Shake vigorously with some rhythm - sing, hum or have some good music on in the background, it helps establish a rhythm and it gets you in the mood for cocktail hour too! Remember, some drinks - like a classic gin martini - should be stirred not shaken so keep that in mind. Shaking is fun and part of the ritual of making a martini but stirring can be fun and it's retro - remember those old Thin Man movies and the classic glass cocktail pitcher with a glass stir stick?

4. If your drink is a blended drink like a daiquiri or a colada you're not going to shake at all you're going to use a blender and crushed ice and blend to the consistency of a slushy - think the consistency of that Cherry Icee you loved as a kid. (BTW, blended drinks can cause "brain freeze" so remember to be careful with those first sips!)

5. Unless you're muddling some ingredients, muddle before adding ice and shaking.  I know this sounds like advice you don't need, but you'd be surprised the number of people who try to muddle with all the ingredients present. If there's too much liquid, you won't get the result you're looking for.

6. If you are muddling remember to make use of a cocktail strainer to keep those chunkier elements out of the drink. Remember it's a drink not dinner. Anything that needs to be chewed should be skewered on a martini pick or added to the rim as garnish.

One last reminder, your cocktail will stay colder if you chill your ingredients as well as your martini shaker. Warm ingredients melt the ice quicker and water down the cocktail. Now go forth and shake, shake, shake yourself happy and enjoy!

 Updated 8-2016
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20090911

COCKTAIL & MARTINI ART & GIFTS


Looking for some fun cocktail art and gifts? Look no further than MartiniDivaBoutique.com!

You'll find posters, cards, stationery, clothing, home decor and even some entertainment gifts.

Click on over and check The Martini Diva Boutique out!



20090907

FUN GRAPHIC, ART INSPIRED BLANK RECIPE CARDS

I've been so busy with my businesses this summer than I haven't posted a lot of new recipes - you'll have noticed I've been doing "re-runs" - like television does in summer, lol. Of course, there are already over 100+ designer martini recipes here so it's not like you don't have a nice variety of martini recipe choices, right?

What have I been doing? I've been creating new art for several purposes and some of them were so cute I thought they'd make great blank recipe cards for my faithful martini loving visitors to download and print out for their recipe filing! You can also save them up, print out a bunch of them for great gifts too.

TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL 5"X3" IMAGE CLICK THE IMAGE THEN RIGHT CLICK THE RECIPE CARD TO SAVE AS

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Updated 8-2016

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