20101231

SPARKLING PEAR MARTINI

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This is among my top searched cocktails. If you're a pear fan this martini is a great way to ring in the New Year. Pear is a wonderful winter fruit for a holiday cocktail and blends well with sparkling wines.

If you want something a little less high octane leave out the brandy and use a highball or Collins glass then top off with club soda or sparkling pear juice.

The
Sparkling
PEAR MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Pear Brandy
1/2 Oz. Pear Juice
Chilled Champagne

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Pear Slice

Glass: Champagne Flute

DIRECTIONS
Rim the glass with sugar then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the pear brandy and pear juice to the chilled flute, then top off with Champagne.
Garnish with pear slice and serve.

Updated 12-2017
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20101230

SPARKLING POMEGRANATE MARTINI


Thanks to Oprah, the Pomegranate Martini became one of the hottest cocktails around a few years back.  Pomegranate is still a popular flavor profile and it's also healthy because it's rich in antioxidants.

With my Sparkling Pomegranate Martini  I've used pomegranate vodka instead of citrus vodka and replaced the sparkling water with Champagne for New Year's, giving the martini a much deeper pomegranate flavor and a touch more sweetness.

The Sparkling
POMEGRANATE MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Chilled Champagne
1 Oz. Pomegranate Vodka
1 Oz. Pomegranate Juice

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Pomegranate Seeds

Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Flute

DIRECTIONS
Rim glass with sugar then chill glass in freezer.
Rim the glass with sugar then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the pomegranate vodka and pomegranate juice to the chilled flute, then top off with Champagne.
Drop in the pomegranate seeds and serve.

Updated 12-2017
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20101229

SPARKLING NEW YEARS BLUES MARTINI COCKTAIL


Whether you're feeling blue about the end of the year or just like blue cocktails this New Year's Blues Sparkling Martini will perk you up and pop some color into the New Year.

Add in the lovely antioxidants from the blueberries and you have a healthy way to ring in the new year.

The
SPARKLING
NEW YEARS BLUES
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
1 Oz. Fresh Blueberry Juice, Chilled
Chilled Champagne

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Orange Wheel, Fresh Blueberries

Glass: Champagne Flute or Martini

DIRECTIONS
Rim the glass with sugar then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the Cointreau and blueberry juice to the chilled flute, then top off with chilled Champagne.
Garnish with fresh blueberries and an orange wheel then serve.

Updated 1-2017
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20101228

Sparkling Raspberry Resolution Champagne Martini


The Raspberry Resolution Martini is variation on the a classic Kir Royale, a cocktail that is a combination of Creme de Cassis and Champagne, but I added a bit of raspberry to the mix with a splash of Chambord.

The
SPARKLING
RASPBERRY RESOLUTION
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Oz. Creme De Cassis
1/2 Oz. Chambord
Chilled Champagne

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Fresh Raspberries, Lemon Twist

Glass: Champagne Flute or Martini Glass

DIRECTIONS
Rim the glass with sugar then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the Creme de Cassis and Chambord to the chilled flute, then top off with chilled Champagne.
Garnish with fresh raspberries, add a twist of lemon and serve.

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20101227

SPARKLING TANGERINE MIMOSA


This is a twist on the classic Mimosa cocktail of Champagne and orange juice, the addition of Cointreau and a bit of blood orange honey pumps up the mimosa to the next level. I use tangerine juice instead of orange juice as well. Tangerines tend to be sweeter and less tart than most varieties of oranges.

If I can get my hands on enough ripe tangerines I will make this with fresh tangerine juice but you can use frozen or bottled juice.

The
MERRY
TANGERINE MIMOSA
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Tangerine Juice
1 Oz. Cointreau
1 Tsp. Blood Orange Syrup*
Chilled Champagne

Garnish: Sugar Rim, Tangerine Slice

Glass: Champagne Flute

DIRECTIONS
*Mix 1 Teaspoon of Honey Ridge Farms Honey Creme Blood Orange with 1 teaspoon of hot water and stir until mixed.
Rim the glass with sugar then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the blood orange syrup, tangerine juice and Cointreau to the chilled flute, then top off with chilled Champagne.
Garnish with a tangerine slice and serve.

Updated 12-2017
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20101226

New Year's Martinis - Champagne Fruit Brandy Martini


The Bubbling Fruit Brandy Martini is simply a mix of Champagne with your favorite fruit brandy.

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Updated 8-2016

20101222

PEPPERMINT PATTY - A Christmas Martini

The PEPPERMINT PATTY MARTINI
 
The Peppermint Patty is a nice holiday twist on a comforting cup of hot cocoa.



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20101220

White Christmas Martini - Chocolate Eggnog!


 The
WHITE CHRISTMAS MARTINI RECIPE
has moved here.

Chocolate Eggnog and booze? Oh, yeah, here's a great way to make your holiday eggnog even better.
 
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20101218

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Snowball Martini

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The
SNOWBALL MARTINI RECIPE
has moved here.
 
Nothing quite says Christmas Cheer like chocolate and peppermint and the Snowball Martini has both in abundance!
 
Updated Nov. 2015

 

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20101217

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Santa's Cookies and Milk Martini


SANTA'S COOKIES and MILK MARTINI

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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20101214

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - The MistleTini!

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The
MISTLETINI CHRISTMAS RECIPE
has moved here.

 
 
Updated Nov. 2015
 

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20101207

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - The Happy Elf Martini

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Recipe for The
Happy Elf Martini
can now be found here.
 
 
 
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MY NEW MARTINI BOOK:
The MERRY
MARTINI
Mixology Book
24 Holiday Martinis to Make Your Holiday Happy Hour full of Cocktail Jolly:
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20101206

GINGERBREAD MAN MARTINI


  The Gingerbread Man Martini
 
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You can't get more Christmas-y than Gingerbread and here's my favorite way to enjoy that - in a cocktail.  I love Gingerbread so much I've done several versions of it in cocktails, including a non-alcoholic, virgin version and Gingerbread Liqueur.  Check them out:
 
GINGERBREAD COCKTAILS, MOCKTAIL & LIQUEUR
 
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Updated 8-2016
 

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20101205

The Classic EGGNOG MARTINI


  The
EGGNOG
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
3 Oz. Prepared Eggnog
1 Oz. Dark Rum

Garnish: Nutmeg, Cinnamon Stick

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Punch Cup

DIRECTIONS
Chill glass in freezer.
Shake ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker.
Strain into your chilled glass or cup.
Dust with freshly ground nutmeg, add cinnamon stick and serve.

 
 
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20101204

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - Cranapple Martini

 
THE 24 MARTINIS OF CHRISTMAS:
 
The Fourth Martini of Christmas:
The Christmas Cranapple Martini

 
On the first day of Christmas my true love made for me
a Lemon Angel's Kiss Martini!
On the second day of Christmas my true love made for me
two Chocolate Merri-Mint Martinis!
On the third day of Christmas my true love made for me
three Christmas Cosmo Martinis!
 
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love made for me four Christmas Cranapple Martinis!
 
 
 
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20101203

THE MERRY MARTINI MIXOLOGY BOOK: My Christmas Martini Book is Published!

 
I'm proud to announce the release of my first martini recipe book:


The
MERRY
MARTINI
Mixology Book
 
(Check It Out Now
 
A Holiday Happy Hour of 24 Unique & Colorful CHRISTMAS MARTINI RECIPES with Merry Martini Making Tips & Tricks along with Christmas Trivia, Quotes & Fun.

Full Color throughout and illustrated in joyful style by Pop Art Diva, every recipe page gives you the ingredients, tools and directions to a perfect Christmas cocktail.  Each facing page has a Merry Martini Making Tip as well as holiday trivia and interesting tidbits relating to each martini.

THE MERRY MARTINI MIXOLOGY BOOK
is:

Twenty four merry drinks
and jolly high jinks
that brighten the way
to a fun holiday!

Packed with good taste and laughs,
this book will add class
and some sassy libations
to all celebrations!

Why serve up dull eggnog
when you can wow them with fun grog?
No need to grinch, you can give as a gift
and share the fun for a holiday lift!

Now, don't wait or delay
please buy it today
and start doing cocktails
The Martini Diva way!

FOR YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL ENJOYMENT
OR TO GIVE THE GIFT OF HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS:
 
BUY THE MERRY MARTINI MIXOLOGY BOOK NOW
 
Looking for Today's Christmas Martini?
The Christmas Cosmo

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CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - The Christmas Cosmo!

 
The
CHRISTMAS COSMO RECIPE
has moved here.
 

 
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20101202

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - A Chocolate Mint Martini


THE 24 MARTINIS OF CHRISTMAS:
The Second Martini of Christmas:
The Chocolate Merri-Mint Martini


On the first day of Christmas my true love made for me
a Lemon Angel's Kiss Martini!

On the second day of Christmas my true love made for me
two Chocolate Merri-Mint Martinis!
 


 
The MERRY
MARTINI
Mixology Book
will be available this week - preview it here:
 

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20101201

CHRISTMAS MARTINIS - A Lemon Angel's Kiss Martini

 
The
Limoncello, Pomegranate and Red Grapefruit
ANGEL'S KISS MARTINI
has moved here.
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year again and starting today I will be posting one martini recipe for every day leading up to Christmas!

Today is the Angel's Kiss Martini inspired by my first bottle of home made Limoncello liqueur.  Paired with pomegranate and grapefruit juices this is a martini with some zing from the tart fruits which are balanced by the sweetness of the Limocello, the simple syrup and the sugar rim.

This is a perfect pick-me-up martini to enjoy after the long days of super sales and holiday shopping you're enduring to bring Christmas to your friends and family! It's like getting an angel kiss for all the hard work!

Shake one up and join me in welcoming in the 24 Days of Christmas Happy Hour here at The Martini Diva!
 

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20101125

The Official TURKEY DAY THANKSGIVING Cocktail

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Don't freak out - I didn't stuff a turkey in a martini glass! I tried, it just wouldn't fit, so I did the next best thing ....
 
Since I first started creating cocktail recipes I wanted to create a martini inspired by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but all I could conjure up in my head was a glass of turkey gravy garnished with a twist of browned turkey skin.  I'd shudder and go back to the Thanksgiving dessert table for my holiday inspiration.

Then, when I was making bone broth from my turkey carcass last Thanksgiving suddenly a light bulb went on over my head.  I could make a Bullshot using turkey broth instead of beef and put Thanksgiving dinner on the cocktail pick!

What's a BULLSHOT?
A Bullshot is a cocktail made with beef broth and vodka, it was a popular drink at brunch back in the days of the fern bars.  I hadn't thought of a Bullshot in years, they went out of fashion about the time the fern bars disappeared, but once the memory floated up to my conscious brain I realized it would be a great inspiration for my "turkey" martini.  Instead of a gravy martini I could do a broth martini!

I used bacon vodka in place of the plain vodka called for in a classic Bullshot, made a poultry seasoning rim instead of adding celery salt and replaced the beef bouillon with low salt turkey (or chicken) bone broth, BUT the whole key to this savory thanksgiving meal martini is the garnish. 
 
I've included all the classic flavors from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the cocktail pick. A couple bites of turkey, a couple of croutons as the dressing, a couple of cranberries and a bite of yam.  Then I added the pickled green bean to represent the ever popular green bean casserole!  Place the loaded cocktail across the rim of your glass so the croutons don't get soggy and when you drink it you can swirl the garnished pick in your drink.
 
The Official
TURKEY DAY COCKTAIL
Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Bacon Vodka
2 Oz. Hot or Chilled Chicken Broth (or Bouillon)
1/4 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
 
Rim Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt and 1 Tsp. Poultry Seasoning
 
Garnish: Cooked Turkey, Pickled Green Bean, Baked Yam, Dried Cranberries, Croutons on a cocktail pick.

DIRECTIONS
Rim your chosen glass or mug.
CHILLED: Add ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into your glass, garnish and serve.
HOT: Add the bacon vodka and Worcestershire Sauce to your mug then pour in the hot bone broth. Garnish and serve.

When you finish your Turkey Day Dinner Cocktail, you can slide right into the Pumpkin Cocktails for dessert.

Now you really can DRINK YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER.
GET THE TURKEY DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE CARD HERE
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
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20101124

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS - Pumpkin Martini

After 12 years of creating original cocktail recipes I had to do a little housekeeping so...
the recipe for this pumpkin cocktail has found a new home below:
 
PUMPKIN CREAM MARTINI
 
This is another version of my popular Pumpkin Pie Martini.   This pumpkin martini uses Bols Pumpkin Liqueur and rum instead of Hiram Walker's Pumpkin Spice liqueur and vodka and it has a slightly nuttier flavor from the use of the Frangelico.

Which one is better? That depends, comparing the two is like comparing family recipes for pumpkin pie, it all comes down to personal taste and what you're familiar with.  Try them both out and play with the spice blends to customize to your tastes - my Pumpkin Pie Martini tastes just like my Mom's pumpkin pie!  You can also try out the Pumpkin Eggnog Martini.
 
Can't find any of these Pumpkin Liqueurs?? Make your own:
My Recipe for Quick Pumpkin Liqueur
 
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20101123

GINGERBREAD MOCKTAIL RECIPE

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This GINGERBREAD MARTINI is in my top two personal favorite Holiday martinis (you'll note it's on a Christmas Recipe Card Design) and it's up in my top ten favorite martinis of all time.  Why? Because it was inspired by my very favorite cookie in the world, my Mom's Gingersnap Cookies.
 
If you want you can add a dollop of whipped cream on top, float your little gingerbread cookie on that and then sprinkle on your spices.

GINGERBREAD MOCKTAIL
for those who don't drink alcohol
 
3 Oz. Half & Half
1 Tbsp. Dark Molasses
1 Tbsp. Gingerbread Flavored Coffee Mate
1 Tsp. Vanilla Flavoring
1/4 Tsp. Each of Cinnamon, Ginger and Clove

Follow the same instructions for the gingerbread cookie garnish and chilling your glass.  Dissolve the molasses and the Coffee Mate in your half & half before adding to your martini shaker, you want to make sure they get fully incorporated into the half & half - especially the thick molasses.  I did this in a clear glass so I could check the bottom to see if any of the molasses is still settling there.  Then fill your martini shaker with ice, pour in the molasses-Coffee Mate-half & half mixture as well as the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously until fully blended and chilled and serve.
 
I played with this one day at a friend's house when I spied their Gingerbread Coffee Mate on the counter and it isn't bad, though, personally,  I'm sticking with the alcoholic version -  but you figured that out didn't you? 
 
MY GINGERBREAD COCKTAILS
 
Updated 8-2016
 
 

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20101122

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS - Pumpkin Eggnog Martini

 After 12 years of creating cocktail recipes things got a little messy and I had to do some housekeeping so ..

The recipe for the Pumpkin Eggnog Martini is now living happily at it's new home here:
PUMPKIN EGGNOG MARTINI RECIPE
 
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20101121

THANKSGIVING MARTINIS- Fall Apple Martini with Jack Daniels!

Updated November 2015

The recipe for my delicious Apple Jack Martini has moved over to my new cocktail database below:

FALL APPLE JACK MARTINI

One of the best holiday cocktail combinations is whiskey and apple, especially for Thanksgiving.  Apples are a fall fruit that blend wonderfully with the smokiness of a premium whiskey and that combination gets a little kick from the sour apple pucker.

When it comes to whiskey I am a Jack Daniel's fan.  I've been using it for years in my cooking, especially in my whiskey sauce for my Saucy Bread Pudding and in my Tipsy Baked Black Beans.  Their distillation method gives the whiskey a wonderful smoky taste that complements a lot of recipes.  (Here's some interesting Jack Daniel's trivia:  Jack Daniel's home county of Moore in Lynchburg, Tennessess is a dry county!)

The Fall Apple Jack Martini goes great with my Tipsy Baked Black Beans - turn them into a bean dip and serve with some tortilla chips and a nice shaker full of Fall Apple Jack Martinis! Then serve up my bread pudding with a Jack Daniels whiskey sauce and you've got a perfect al fresco meal for cold fall weather, a tail gate party and the Thanksgiving season!

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20101120

CRANBERRY LIQUEUR RECIPE & A Cranberry Pomegranate Martini Recipe




I made some home made Cranberry Liqueur and had to try it out with a new Thanksgiving martini recipe.  I wanted something that tasted like my cranberry relish that I serve for the holiday and I always add orange zest and a little dash of Grenadine (a pomegranate syrup) and some fresh pomegranate seeds to my cranberries for a more unique cranberry dish.

I never like to serve something that's just like everybody else and the pomegranates change up a typical cranberry relish - plus I like pomegranates more than cranberries!

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