20100830

YELLOW CAKE MARTINI - Cake Martini Classic


The YELLOW CAKE MARTINI

It's hard to tell from the ingredients but this martini really does taste like a classic yellow cake. It's very sweet and the vanilla tones really bring home the experience. This one goes down way too easy so watch yourself!

I had to add the fun cake decorating sprinkles - I like my cakes decorated! It also puts a touch of celebration to this Yellow Cake Martini experience, making it perfect for birthday party.

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20100828

PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI - Pumpkin Cocktail


This martini will surprise you, it did me. I wanted to create a Thanksgiving martini with the classic flavors of the holiday. The one thing I looked forward to most on Thanksgiving was my Mom's pumpkin pie. I waited all year for that pumpkin pie and pumpkin was a taste I could work with. My miracle came when Hiram Walker came out with their Pumpkin Spice Liqueur in 2007. Though the liqueur by itself smells and tastes a bit like butterscotch, when mixed with the right balance of other ingredients I wound up with almost a perfect liquid version of my Mom's pumpkin pie. Later, when Hiram Walker's Pumpkin Spice became harder to find, I would venture into making my own Pumpkin Liqueur.

People are a bit leery of the idea when I offer them one but the minute they take the first sip they are converted to Pumpkin Pie Martini fans. If you love pumpkin pie, you'll love this martini too.

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PUMPKIN PIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
(or Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur)
1 Oz. Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
(or Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur)
1 Oz. Vodka

Garnish: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Sugar Rim, Whipped Cream

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

DIRECTIONS
Blend 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Dip the rim of the glass in some of the pumpkin liqueur then into the sugar mixture then chill glass in the freezer.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until blended and chilled.
Pour into the chilled glass, top off with the whipped cream then sprinkle on a dusting of more pumpkin pie spice and serve. 

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20100827

PECAN PIE MARTINI - A Nut Cocktail that you'll go nuts for!

 
Got a sweet tooth? Adore nuts? If you do then you'll love my Pecan Pie Martini recipe. It has all the same ingredients as a pecan pie except the crust! You get that rich, deep caramel flavor of the pecan pie filling with the use of dark corn syrup and vanilla combined with your vodka and the maple - pecan nut rim brings it home.

PECAN PIE MARTINI

Ingredients:
2 Oz. Pinnacle Pecan Pie Vodka
1 Oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1 Oz. Half & Half
2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
1 Pinch Sea Salt
1 C. Ice
Garnish: Crushed Pecan Rim
Directions:
Dip glass rim in some of the butterscotch schnapps and then into the crushed pecans.
Chill glass in freezer.
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass and serve.
 
 Pecan Pie is a classic southern dessert said to have originated when the French migrated to New Orleans and were introduced to nuts by the native population, though the Karo Syrup company claims it created pecan pie as a way to use it's syrup. The first record of a pecan pie recipe was in 1925 though it didn't show up in recipe books until the 1940s.

I hope it doesn't need to be said that if you have nut allergies you don't try this martini? If you don't have a nut allergy than go nuts and enjoy!
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20100826

PEACH PIE MARTINI - Peaches and Cream Cocktails


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Have your dessert first, make this Peach Pie Martini for happy hour. The essence of a slice of peach pie lies in the peach vodka, peach juice and the cinnamon sugar rim. A little vanilla vodka and some half & half and you have peach pie in a glass.

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PEACH PIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz. Peach Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Vanilla Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Fresh Peach Juice
1 Oz. Half & Half

Garnish: Fresh Peach Slice, Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini)

DIRECTIONS
Mix 1 tablespoon each of cinnamon and raw sugar together. Dip glass rim in some peach juice then into the mixture.
Chill glass in the freezer.
Add the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.
 
This should probably have been called the Peach Pie Ala Mode Martini because the half & half brings in the creamy element that ice cream would bring to a piece of peach pie. Don't like pie ala mode? Leave out the half & half.
 
If you can't find peach vodka you can use 1 ounce of plain vodka and 1/2 ounce of a peach schnapps OR . . . you can infuse your own peach vodka by reading my post How to Make Your Own Flavored Vodkas.
 
National Peach Pie Day is August 24th.

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20100825

LEMON MERINGUE PIE MARTINI - Lemoncello Martini


 

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This Lemon Martini uses Limoncello - like the Lemon Cream Pie Martini - but it's a meringue pie martini so there are egg whites* in it to give the martini that lovely fluffy meringue like texture. I swear this tastes just like a lemon meringue pie, right down to the perfect sweet-tart tanginess.

If you miss the pie crust just bake one of those ready-mades up, crush it up with some sugar and rim the glass with that! If you don't like the frothiness that a blender gives just shake the ingredients up in a martini shaker for a smoother experience!

I love chocolate and lemon together so sometimes I rim the glass in finely shaved dark chocolate. It tastes like my Choco-Lemon Pie.



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20100824

LEMON CHIFFON PIE MARTINI - Lemoncello Martini

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Have you discovered Lemoncello (limoncello) yet? It's a wonderful lemon flavored Italian liqueur that is popping up all over the cocktail world and it's delicious! I make my own Lemoncello on a regular basis and will be posting the recipe on the new, full website which will be launched very soon! (Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of the launch date.)

The Lemoncello combined with the rum and heavy cream creates a true lemon chiffon pie experience and the whipped cream dollop on top is the final touch for this pie martini.

I like to add a little Candied Lemon Peel on top for garnish and I serve this up often for dessert. It's much easier to make than a real lemon chiffon pie and it tastes better!

20100823

BLUEBERRY PIE MARTINI - Pie Martinis



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Like blueberries? You're going to love this martini then - it's ripe with fresh blueberry juice and gets a little kick from blueberry and vanilla vodka and a little raspberry liqueur. When I bake a blueberry pie I always use a little lemon juice to brighten up the flavors and the sweet and sour bring that element to play. A little bit of cream makes it pie a la mode!

The pie crust rim ties it all together and gives you a true blueberry pie experience in a martini glass! And don't forget all those anti-oxidants from the fresh blueberry juice!

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20100822

CARAMEL APPLE PIE MARTINI - Pie Martinis


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CARAMEL APPLE PIE MARTINI

Apple Martinis are the Mac Daddies of designer martinis - one of the first on the scene of the modern martini as a cocktail. There are a bushel of different recipes for them out there - including several of mine which you can find listed below.

The one thing that makes this apple martini a bit different is the combination of Amaretto and Butterscotch Schnapps which bring the baked goods flavor to this apple cocktail - a little vanilla vodka added to the apple pucker bring in the lovely Granny Smith pie filling and a rimming mixture of real pie crust mixed with cinnamon and sugar complete the pie martin!

If you love apple martinis you have to try this one - remember, an apple martini a day keeps the blues away!


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20100820

KEY LIME PIE MARTINI


This Key Lime Pie Martini is my own original recipe for one of the most popular designer martinis. I love Key Lime Pie and this is like having a piece served up in a martini glass with the added kick of a little alcohol.

THE KEY LIME PIE MARTINI RECIPE

I originally did this recipe with real key limes, squeezing great bunches of the special little limes. Wonderful taste but way too much work! So I experimented and discovered that using frozen limeade (do not add water!) worked almost as well with a lot less work!

Go ahead and buy a couple of real key limes to use as your garnish if you insist. If you decide to use the key limes instead of limeade you must add more sugar! If you don't have or like rum use vanilla vodka.

To get really creative crush up some baked pie shells, mix it with sugar to rim your glass instead of just the sugar. This drink can also be made without the cream for a refreshing Lime Martini.

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20100819

BOSTON CREAM PIE MARTINI - Pie Martinis

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It's  a great dessert cocktail and there's some interesting historical tidbits over there too so do click through!

 P.S. Boston Cream Pie Day is October 23rd!

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20100818

PIE MARTINIS - Banana Cream Pie Martini


THE BANANA CREAM PIE MARTINI

This Banana Martini tastes just like a liquid banana pie - it's creamy and brimming with banana flavor. It's a perfect dessert martini and a lot easier than baking an actual banana cream pie.

Have some fun - create a Banana Themed Martini Party. Just grab some yellow cocktail napkins and plates, do up some of my Banana Bacon Rumaki and Banana Chicken Fritters from The Diva of Tiny Foods and your party will be truly bananas!

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20100817

SUGAR COOKIE MARTINI - Cookie Martinis


This Sugar Cookie Martini is a creamy cocktail with the same simple concept as a classic sugar cookie with a crunchy rim that comes from real crushed sugar cookies.

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SUGAR COOKIE MARTINI

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. White Chocolate Liqueur
1 Oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
1/2 Oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2Oz. Half & Half
Dash of Vanilla Bitters
Ice

Garnish: Crushed Sugar Cookie Rim, Rainbow Sprinkles

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS:
Dip glass in some of the butterscotch liqueur then dip in crushed sugar cookie crumbs and chill in freezer.
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Sprinkle a few rainbow jimmies on top and serve.

HISTORY OF THE SUGAR COOKIE

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20100816

VANILLA WAFER COOKIE MARTINI - Cookie Martinis


THE VANILLA WAFER COOKIE MARTINI

I'm sure we all remember vanilla wafers from childhood - those crisp little brown cookies with a big vanilla taste. Even as a kid you could eat them in one bite. My biggest memory of them was having them in banana pudding and banana cream pie. In my house we called them "nilla" wafers which just happens to be the trademark name of Nabisco's brand.

Vanilla wafers are a big part of pop culture having been around since forever - or at least since my forever, lol - I can't remember a time we didn't have a box of them in our cupboard. I'm not a big lover of store bought cookies but vanilla wafers are in the top three I will eat, along with Oreos and Animal Crackers and I still enjoy them with a simple glass of milk.

The Vanilla Wafer Martini is as simple as those ageless golden cookies - just equal parts of Amaretto and vanilla vodka with a rim of real crushed vanilla wafers to give you that cookie crunch. I sometimes garnish it with a full Vanilla Bean Pod but I recently discovered Pepperidge Farm Vanilla Pirouette Cookies on Amazon and those are a fully edible garnish alternative that not only taste good but work as a straw!

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20100815

OATMEAL COOKIE MARTINI - Cookie Martinis


THE OATMEAL COOKIE MARTINI

Turning a classic cookie of the past into a contemporary cocktail of today.

Oatmeal cookies always think of my Mom because we used to make them together when I was a kid. Of course Mom always had to make 2 separate batches - one with raisins and one without - otherwise she would watch us kids pick raisins out of every cookie, lol. (We took them out of cinnamon rolls too!) Oatmeal cookies were the only way Mom could get us to like oatmeal so we made them a lot.

I grew into liking oatmeal and even raisins in my oatmeal cookies decades later and you'll notice I even suggest a few golden raisins as garnish for this martini. If you are still a raisin-picker-outer feel free to use chocolate chips instead, lol.

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20100814

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE MARTINI - Dessert Martinis



PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE MARTINI

The rich taste of a peanut butter cookie gets translated to a cocktail in this Peanut Butter Cookie Martini Recipe. The key to the whole taste is the Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur, which brings the nutty taste, and the butterscotch schnapps which gives the depth of the dough's flavor.

If you can get a hold of it, Castries Peanut Creme Liquor has a much closer peanut taste but the Frangelico will do in a pinch.

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20100813

OREO COOKIE MARTINI - No Need to Dunk!



THE OREO COOKIE MARTINI

Here's an Oreo that's already dunked for you - and it's dunked in booze! The crunch comes from using real crushed Oreos on the rim.

And those new Oreo Fun Stix are the cutest garnish on this martini - I slid one into the Oreo Cookie Martini - talk about an Oreo Rush!

Next time you decide you need some cookies and milk before bed try this martini instead.

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20100812

MINT MILANO COOKIE MARTINI


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If you love chocolate, mint and cookies this martini is for you. The Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao combine with the cream to give you that lovely mint and chocolate filling experience and the rim of actual crushed Mint Milano cookies is way too much fun.

This is a perfect dessert martini - serve it up with a couple of the actual cookies and your guests will think you're a god or goddess of goodies.

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20100811

MACAROON COOKIE MARTINI



The Macaroon Cookie Martini

This martini is like sipping a chocolate covered macaroon - it's creamy and loaded with coconut flavors with a toasted coconut rim that will remind you of a perfectly baked coconut macaroon cookie's crunchy exterior.

The word macaroon comes from the Italian word maccherone, a derivation of ammaccare, which means to crush or beat. The original recipes for macaroons used crushed almonds in the form of almond paste so the French called them macarons. This is why there is a little Amaretto in the martini recipe!

If nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven, then nothing says class like something from a martini glass!

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20100810

THE S'MORES MARTINI for National S'mores Day!


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THE S'MORES MARTINI

You know the old saying "Forget Love, I'd Rather Fall In Chocolate"? Well, the S'Mores Martini (or S'More Martini if you prefer the singular) is what I'd like to fall into. It has all the classic flavors of the campfire treat - chocolate, marshmallow and a graham cracker rim garnish.

For a real campfire experience:
Get mini marshmallows, some votive candles and use the other half of the bamboo skewers from your martinis for your roasting sticks. Have your guests toast their own marshmallows over the candles for their martinis! But make sure you keep the flames and the martinis far apart, the S'mores Martini is not a flaming drink!

*Why are they called S'mores? Because after you eat one you want some more, of course.

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20100807

JIMMY BUFFETT MARTINI - Parrotheads Rejoice!


ODE TO JIMMY BUFFETT MARTINI

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I admit it, I am a Parrothead - I love Jimmy Buffett music. It's perfect tropical party music and needs a tropical party martini. A blue martini to match the beautiful tropical ocean and sky.

The Jimmy Buffett martini is a luscious concoction of passion fruit vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice and papaya garnish that gets its Caribbean blue color from Blue Curacao. Blue Curacao just happens to be a citrus flavored liqueur from the island of Curacao in the Caribbean! Can't get more island than that!

It should go great with that Cheeseburger in Paradise!


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20100806

TROPICAL WATERMELON MARTINI with Passionfruit!

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Here's a martini that is unique and refreshing for cooling that summer heat - it uses both watermelon vodka and passion fruit vodka for a truly unusual and tropical taste. Try it out with some fresh watermelon juice or even passion fruit juice in place of the orange juice for a slightly different flavor. I cut up a watermelon this morning and the amount of juice in the bottom of the bowl was just enough for one martini!

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20100805

Pineapple Orange Colada Martini - TROPICAL MARTINI #4


THE PINEAPPLE ORANGE COLADA MARTINI

This martini gives an orange twist to a Pina Colada with citrus vodka and a little fresh orange juice. I've often made smoothies with pineapple, coconut and orange so this is basically a spirited tropical smoothie which means you can leave out the vodka for a non-alcoholic martini!

The Pina Colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico - the home of fabulous rums - so I feel a little guilty not having any rum in it but I didn't happen to have any on hand when I shook this martini up. If you want you can use a rum instead and it will impart a slightly sweeter taste as rums are made with the by-products of sugarcane such as molasses.

If this doesn't put the Vitamin C in your cocktail nothing will - serve it up with some of my Taste of the Islands Nachos and pretend you're enjoying the late evening breeze of a tropical wind.

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20100804

20100803

TROPICAL MARTINIS - The Caribbean Martini


CARIBBEAN MARTINI

Our tropical vacation week finds us still in the Caribbean with a slightly altered version of a Pina Colada. This one has rum and vodka but no coconut cream. The coconut flavor is supplied by the coconut rum.

If this doesn't remind you of white sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping at your toes and the sun warming your body as a breeze rustles your hair then it's time you took a real trip to the Caribbean.

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20100802

TROPICAL MARTINIS - The Bob Marley Martini

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ODE TO BOB MARLEY MARTINI

August is the traditional "vacation month" so this week I'm taking you on a vacation to the tropics with my Tropical Martinis.

Today is my "Ode to Bob Marley" - a Caribbean inspired martini full of fresh fruit flavors and tropical liquors that will make sure you "don't worry, be happy".


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