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!

Updated Nov. 2015

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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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