20120129

Banana Cheesecake Pudding Martini Recipe


RECIPE FOR MY
BANANA CHEESECAKE PUDDING MARTINI

Ingredients
1 Package of Sugar Free Jell-O Cheesecake Pudding Mix
2 Cups of 1% or Fat Free Milk
2 Bananas
1 Cup of Vanilla Wafers
1 Cup of Animal Crackers
1/2 Cup Crushed Pecans (or Walnuts)
1/3 Cup Melted Butter

Equipment
2 Large Mixing Bowls
Blender
1 Pie Pan or Baking Dish
Electric Mixer
2 Large Martini Glasses

Crush the vanilla wafers, animal crackers and nuts in a blender to a fine consistency.  Mix these together with the melted butter in a bowl then press tightly into an even layer in the pie pan or baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until golden brown at the edges. Allow to cool.

Prepare the pudding mix per the package instructions and place in the refrigerator to set.

Once your pudding is set and your "crust" has cooled, grab out your martini glasses and slice in 1/2 of the banana into the bottom of the glass, then layer in some of the pudding, then crumble in some of the cookie crust, then repeat.  Save a few banana slices for the top.  Add your whipped cream, sprinkle on a bit more of the crushed cookie crust for garnish and top off with the remaining few slices of bananas.

Makes 2 generous Banana Cheesecake Pudding Martinis!

Try this as a Tropical Pudding Martini by substituting 1 cup of the milk with 1/2 a cup of coconut milk and 1/2 a cup of pineapple juice and add some toasted coconut to the cookie layers!  There's a ton of different combinations you can use;  think Black Forest with chocolate pudding and cherry pie filling or Chocolate lemon with lemon pie filling and chocolate cake - the possibilities are endless!

Updated 6-2018
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20120127

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day - Whoopie! Chocolate & Cake & Martinis!


January 27th is
National Chocolate Cake Day
Cake, Chocolate AND Martinis - How great is that??

I created this Chocolate Cake Martini for my birthday but I can guarantee I won't only be drinking it once a year and neither will you once you try it!

The Chocolate Cake Martini Recipe AND the recipe for making your own Chocolate Cake Vodka is over at The Chocolate Cake Recipe Page.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get to clicking for all that chocolate goodness!



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20120125

Happy National Irish Coffee Day - Enjoy it Martini Diva Style!

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January 25th is
NATIONAL IRISH COFFEE DAY
“Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat” ~ Alex Levin

Aye, too true! And would ya be celebratin' National Irish Coffee Day in any other way than to have an Irish Coffee Martini?? Of course not!

RECIPE FOR THE IRISH COFFEE MARTINI

Enjoy your Caife Gaelach and have a lovely National Irish Coffee Day from The Martini Diva!






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20120124

Happy National Peanut Butter Day - Peanut Butter Martini

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January 24th is
NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY
 If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life. ~ Bill Watterson

Despite the name, peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes and come from the same family as beans. Yup, I guess I just made a bean martini.

Honestly, this isn't a recipe as much as it is a way to enjoy a very special liqueur called Castries Peanut Rum Creme. This special liqueur is just like sipping creamy, liquid peanuts! All I did here was add just a pinch of salt.

THE
PEANUT BUTTER

MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
3 Oz. Castries Peanut Rum Crème Liqueur
Pinch of Sea Salt
Ice

Garnish:  Peanut Butter, Crushed Peanuts

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Coupe or Martini (Cocktail)

DIRECTIONS
Pipe a small line of peanut butter on the edge of the glass rim then dip in the crushed peanuts. Chill glass in the freezer.
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker until chilled.
Pour into the chilled, rimmed glass and serve.

Who Invented Peanut Butter?
In 1884 to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada patented a process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts entered "a fluid or semi-fluid state", and in 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis patented a peanut butter-making machine. But peanut butter or peanut pastes had been around hundreds of years prior to both of these inventions.

The ancient Incas used peanuts and were known to have made it into a paste-like substance centuries ago, though this was not the creamy substance we're familiar with today as it did not include the oils or sugars that are added in modern peanut butters.

Some Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
  • Peanut butter contains resveratrol; this agent has anti-microbial properties that help the body to effectively deal with bacteria and various types of fungi
  • Peanut Butter is high in fiber, protein and micronutrients
  • Peanut Butter is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and calcium.
  • Though Peanut Butter is high in fat it is monounsaturated, which has been shown to improve the cholesterol profile by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol.
  • In a 20 year study on 80,000 female subjects by the Nurses' Health Study, it was observed that women who eat least 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter each week have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones
  • According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the niacin contained in peanuts, when eaten regularly, provides protection against Alzheimer's disease.
Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter
~ James A. Garfield


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Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Updated 1-2018
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20120123

Happy National Pie Day - Sip Your Pie!


January 23rd is
NATIONAL PIE DAY!

And you know exactly what I'm going to suggest - Drink Your Pie!
Try one of my delicious

Pie Martinis

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
  ~ David Mamet, Boston Marriage

Updated August 2016




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20120122

Happy National Blonde Brownie Day!

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January 22nd is
NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY

This is my drinkable version of a blonde brownie.

BLONDE BROWNIE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 Oz. Bailey's Caramel Irish Cream
1 Oz. Half & Half
Pinch of Sea Salt
Ice

Garnish: Caramel Syrup, 1" Squares of Blonde Brownies

DIRECTIONS
Drizzle the caramel syrup over the bowl of a martini glass then chill the glass in the freezer.
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
Strain into your chilled glass, garnish and serve.

Get the recipe on a recipe card here:
Blonde Brownie Martini Recipe 

Have a great National Blonde Brownie Day....and take the high road, don't tell any blonde jokes!

Cheers! The Martini Diva (-- not a blonde.)

Updated January 2017

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20120120

Happy National Coffee Break Day - Put Booze in it!

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Today is
NATIONAL COFFEE BREAK DAY!

I suggest you put some booze in it with one of my great
COFFEE COCKTAILS

Enjoy!





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20120114

My CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE MARTINI - Happy Birthday to Me!


Yup, it's my birthday - again. No, I'm not telling you my age. Suffice it to say that I am still young enough to enjoy a martini, a birthday bash and the other good things in life - but I am wise enough to know who to enjoy them with and to cherish the people and the occasions!

To celebrate this birthday I created my own
Chocolate (Birthday) Cake Martini



And, yes, I drank it out of my Birthday Martini Glass!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!




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20120113

Happy National Peach Melba Day

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National Peach Melba Day is January 13th.

Peach Melba is a classic dessert dish that consists of vanilla ice cream, topped with a peach half, drenched in raspberry puree and garnished with slivered almonds. The very first Peach Melba was created in 1892 by famed chef Auguste Escoffier as a special dessert for a dinner party given by the Duke of Orléans. The party was in honor of Nellie Melba, the Australian soprano who was being lauded for her performance in Wagner's Lohengrin at Covent Garden.

Since a swan was featured in the opera, Escoffier displayed the desert by having the Peach Melba being cradled in a swan ice sculpture. This original Peach Melba did not have the raspberry puree, being garnished instead by spun sugar. The raspberries made their appearance in 1900 when Escoffier again presented the Peach Melba for the opening of the Carlton Hotel, this time with the raspberry puree and slivered almonds.

Interestingly, Ms. Melba, like most divas of the day was afraid of eating ice cream for fear the extreme cold would damage her vocal chords. However, since the dessert also had a peach at room temperature, this supposedly warmed the ice cream enough for it not to be harmful and the dessert was enjoyed by all the guests, Nellie included.


The
PEACH MELBA MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Peach Vodka
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
1 Oz. Half & Half
1 Cup of Ice

Garnish: Whipped Cream, Chambord, Sliced Almonds, Slice of Peach, Fresh Raspberries

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail  (Martini)

DIRECTIONS
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
Pour into a chilled glass, top with whipped cream and drizzle on the Chambord.
Add the peach slice and a few raspberries on the whipped cream, sprinkle on the sliced almonds and serve.

You might also like my
PEACH MELBA
BEER FLOAT


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Updated 1-13-2016

20120110

Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!


Today is
NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY
and what better way to celebrate than by making your own chocolate booze?!?

Get the recipe for the
BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE ALMOND MARTINI HERE

There's nothing better than chocolate and booze except chocolate IN booze so, without further ado,

Enjoy!

Updated March 2016




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20120109

Happy National Apricot Day


Another Great Excuse for a Martini:
TODAY IS
NATIONAL APRICOT DAY!

Celebrate with this Apricot Martini!


Happy National Apricot Day from The Martini Diva!




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20120105

Happy National Whipped Cream Day - The Whipped Cream Martini

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January 5th is
NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY

Celebrate National Whipped Cream Day with this Whipped Cream Martini, a cocktail that features whipped cream flavored vodka.

I've used both Pinnacle's Whipped Cream Vodka and Smirnoff's Whipped Cream Vodka and both will work in this cocktail.

I've seen rumblings lately from Beam Suntory that they will be discontinuing some of their Pinnacle flavored vodkas and hope the Whipped Cream is not among them. As mentioned in my review of Pinnacle's Whipped Cream, this is a surprisingly good flavored vodka which tastes like actual whipped cream. It's a richer, creamy alternative to vanilla vodka and I keep it on hand expressly for this reason. It made my job pretty easy when creating this martini, though I did add a tiny splash of Irish Cream for a slightly deeper flavor profile.

WHIPPED CREAM
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
2 Oz. Half & Half
Splash of Irish Cream
Cup of Ice

Garnish: Whipped Cream, White Sprinkles

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail (Martini) or Coupe

DIRECTIONS

Shake ingredients until chilled, top off with whipped cream dusted with sprinkles and serve.

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This is a very sweet drink, but then, if you're looking for a whipped cream cocktail, you're probably liking that. If you want to tone down the sweetness add a few dashes of your favorite bitters, chocolate or coffee bitters are both great in this cocktail.

Happy National Whipped Cream Day

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Updated 1-5-2017

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