20090528

Raspberry Thyme Martini - Herb Infused Martinis

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This Raspberry Thyme Martini is really quite good and I'm not even that fond of thyme. The key to the whole thing is just a bit of thyme because of the earthiness of this particular herb. The acid from the lime juice, the sugar and the fresh raspberries blend really well with that earthiness and make for a very refreshing Spring or Summer cocktail that incorporates a fresh herb from the garden.

It's a really pretty martini too and one that will intrigue your most sophisticated tipple.

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20090526

LEMON BASIL MARTINI - Herb based Martini with a twist!

I planted some lemon basil in my herb garden recently, an herb I love using for cooking chicken and fish especially. When I was chopping it the wonderful lemon aroma wafted up to my nose and I suddenly thought what a nice herb martini it might make. I was right!

These Lemon Basil Martinis are delicious and they're a great starter for a nice entree that also features Lemon Basil. I know many of you are thinking, "basil martinis?" but this is lemon basil, a much less aggressive herb than the more common sweet basil, the foremost flavor note is lemon!

Try one, I think you'll like it! If not you can use the martini as a marinade for the chicken or fish!

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20090520

The 86 Rules of Boozing - Humor & True Tips!

I came across the 86 Rules of Drinking the other day and thought you'd get a kick out of them. Quite a few had me chuckling and a few others had me reliving some bar moments I would rather have forgotten, lol! (P.S. #65 is my favorite!)

I've posted a few of my favorites below, but if you'd like to check out the whole list drop by The 86 Rules of Boozing at Modern Drunkard Magazine Online:

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

6. Buying a strange woman a drink is still cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.

13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message.

14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.

20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.

24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.

28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.

35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.

40. If you have ever told a bartender, “Hey, it all spends the same,” then you are a cheap ass.

41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.

42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.

47. Nothing screams 'nancy boy' louder than swirling an over sized brandy snifter.

52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.

56. Screaming, “Someone buy me a drink!” has never worked.

64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.

65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.

79. If you are 86’d, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.

83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.

84. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there’s something in it.

86. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.

Read the full list: 86 Rules of Drinking

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20090518

MARTINI & COCKTAIL TIPS, TRICKS, TUTORIALS & INSTRUCTIONS

From PopArtDiva's Martini Art
Just in case you only stop by to download my free martini recipes cards for your files (or a bunch of them to print out, wrap up with a pretty ribbon and give away as a gift) I thought I'd remind you that I also have my great martini making tips & tricks, instructions for how to rim a cocktail glass and other great articles on making and serving cocktails - always located conveniently on the right side bar and/or at the bottom of the page:

Make your own Cocktail Rimmers!
Make Cheap Vodka Taste Expensive!
How to Rim a Cocktail Glass!
Make a Martini Dessert!
Stuffed Olives and Vermouth Olives!
How To Make The Best Martinis
How To Make Flavored Vodkas
Tips for Making Non-Alcoholic Martinis


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20090515

MARTINI SMOOTHIES - Blueberry, Raspberry, Banana



The Blueberry Smoothie-tini - Let's just call this the anti-oxidant martini smoothie!
Rich in healthy flavors of blueberries, raspberries and bananas this is a health nut boozer's dream, lol. If there is such a thing as a health nut boozer - is there?

To really make it healthier substitute plain yogurt for the cream and use honey instead of sugar - you'll never know the vodka's in there unless you have one too many! But you're not going to do that because you're healthy, right!

Enjoy and Cheers to having a great weekend!

Updated  8-2016

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20090513

VODKAS AID IN CURE FOR BREAST CANCER


I'm doing a bonus post today to tell you about two vodkas out there on the market. Why am I doing what is basically a commercial for vodka?

Because these two vodkas are very special - and I'm not talking about their taste, I'm talking about their commitment to women everywhere.

Both Stiletto Vodka and Support Her Vodka are joining women everywhere in the fight to end BREAST CANCER.

These two vodka companies are pledging part of their profits from their products to the fight for breast cancer. I have lost several friends to this disease and have worried about several others so this is a cause near and dear to my heart. To see companies take up the banner is a thrill - especially when those companies produce a product I use and promote on a daily basis!

So, Three Cheers to Stiletto Vodka and Support Her Vodka - I tip my martini glass to you both for your gracious donations and caring hearts!

Now, every time I drink a martini I can contribute to the cure for breast cancer!

So, my dear fellow Martini Divas and Martini Dudes, the next time you are in the market for some vodka to shake up in one of my martini recipes, please support these two companies, buy their products and HELP US FIND A CURE!!!!

NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
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MARTINI SMOOTHIES - Pineapple, Mango, Coconut, Banana & BOOZE!

OMG, this is so good! After my first Martini Smoothie (The Nana-Berry-Coco-Tini) I've been trying out more and this one rocks! I used equal parts of Malibu Rum flavors - Coconut, Pineapple and Mango, tossed in a little concentrated frozen limeade, added my frozen banana, some powdered sugar and some yogurt and tossed it all in a blender and sucked it down so fast I had to do it all over again (poor me, lol!)

These Martini Smoothies are perfect for summer and they're so good for you with all the fresh fruit - and if you use yogurt instead of the heavy cream , even better! And remember you can leave out the booze - but you have to get that flavor profile in so with this one add some coconut milk, half a fresh mango and some fresh or canned pineapple instead of the rums.

Enjoy and Cheers!

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20090511

MARTINI SMOOTHIES - Strawberries Bananas Coconut BOOZE!



Get the full sized recipe card for the
NANA BERRY COCO TINI HERE

I had some strawberries and a banana that were a bit too ripe to eat but still full of flavor and sweetness. I often freeze fruit at this stage for use later but I happened to spy my coconut rum in the fridge and decided to make a Martini Smoothie. It was hot and a smoothie sounded great - and you know me and my martinis!

So this week is Martini Smoothie week here at the Martini Diva - if you want a non-alcoholic smoothie just don't add the booze!

It's so simple and quick - just toss your fruits, a little cream or yogurt, some sugar and the coconut rum into a blender and give them all a whirl! If you're creating a non-alcoholic martini simply replace the coconut rum with coconut milk and drop the amount of cream a bit.

Have a great Spring like week, enjoy your Martini Smoothie and Cheers!

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20090508

Peach Sour Martini - Peach Martini with a Pucker!

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The Peach Sour Martini is loosely based on a peach daiquiri cocktail . Daiquiris were really popular in the sixties and seventies and were almost always served "frozen". The term "frozen" in cocktail lingo means the ingredients are blended with ice until they reach the slushy level. If you want to know more about the "big sister" cocktail of my Peach Sour, here's some great history on the Daiquiri.

My sister, Patty, loved daiquiris and I remember getting to sip one when I was still a little kid. I thought it was pretty good - probably because I loved slushies, maybe known better today as slurpees. My sister also gave me my first taste of a Tom Collins so I shall always consider her to be the inspiration for The Martini Diva. Patty, I hope you're enjoying a nice cold daiquiri up there with the angels!

This Peach Sour Martini is a great way to use fresh peaches and it's a wonderful summery drink that refreshes on hot days. The addition of the sweet and sour keeps it from being too sweet and balances nicely with the fresh peach flavor. I made my own fresh peach juice too so I got a double whammy of that wonderful flavor.

Try it out the next time you take home some fresh peaches and serve it up with some appetizers from The Diva of Tiny Foods!

Enjoy and stay cool this week!
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20090506

What's Better Than A Chocolate Martini? New Nano Story #5!

Number Six in my series of itty bitty illustrated short stories of martini fiction! Take a short break from your everyday life and ponder the wonders of the "cocktale" world.
A novel ideal for happy hour from The Martini Diva.

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20090504

Missing Cherry-tini - A Cherry Coconut Orange Martini

As you know if you follow my martini blog here, I am very fond of Cherry flavored vodka. The other day I was experimenting with this cherry infused vodka again - yeah, dangerous. I'm like a mad chemist trying to bring designer martinis to life, lol.

I had just gotten some coconut milk for some of my tropical martini recipe concoctions (a few new ones will be popping up here soon) and I decided to try it out with the cherry vodka. I wasn't really too sure if it would be drinkable or end up going down the sink - cherry and coconut together didn't seem like a good mix but you can be surprised what goes well together and I was - The Missing Cherry-tini came out really good and I ended up having a couple of them. Okay, I had three, all right? What are you, my mother?

The name came from the last one. I dropped my very last Maraschino cherry and it rolled off into the void - I suspect Pixel grabbed it before I could - so I was missing my cherry garnish. So, as always, drink responsibly - especially if you value your cherries.

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20090501

Kentucky Derby Martini - Bourbon Chocolate Martini with Pecans!


Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby and to honor this event I have created The Kentucky Derby Martini. This recipe is based on the famous Kentucky Derby Pie - a chocolate pecan pie that is one of the best things I've ever had for dessert!

Here's the recipe for my
KENTUCKY DERBY PIE COCKTAIL
aka the
WINNER'S CIRCLE MARTINI

I took those flavors and translated them into a drinkable version for cocktail and race horse fans everywhere.

I know that the Mint Julep is more often associated with the Kentucky Derby (and I have several yummy Mint Julep recipes for those!) but for me the Kentucky Derby Pie was what stood out in my memories! So enjoy this drinkable version and enjoy the races tomorrow! Be sure to don your Derby Hats!

Let's all toast to the Running of the Roses at Churchill Downs.


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