20130419

AMARETTO COCKTAILS


What is Amaretto? An almond flavored liqueur made from apricot pits and/or almonds which, legend has it, was created by a young woman as a gift for Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo DaVinci's students. Luini needed a model for the Madonna for frescoes in a church in Saronno, Italy and was inspired by a young, widowed innkeeper of the region. Because of her limited means the young woman infused brandy with apricot kernels and presented this as her thanks to Luini for using her as his inspiration for the Madonna.

Here's some of my most popular martinis that make use of Amaretto:
YELLOW CAKE MARTINI

National Amaretto Day is April 19th.


Updated 6-2018
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20130416

HAPPY JIMMY BUFFETT DAY! Let's All Go to MARGARITAVILLE!


HAPPY JIMMY BUFFETT DAY!

Yes, there really is a Jimmy Buffett Day, at least there is in Florida where Jimmy Buffett opened his very first Margaritaville store in Key West! I say let's all go with it, pretend we're in Florida and have us some MARGARITAS!!

Feel free to have these Margaritas in a martini glass or a margarita glass. It's not the glass that matters, it's the tequila!

MUCHO MARGARITAS

"If life gives you limes, make margaritas" ~ Jimmy Buffett
 
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20130414

PECAN COCKTAILS for PECAN DAY


Happy National Pecan Day - Part Deux

Yes, it's Pecan Day .... again! There's also a National Pecan Day on March 25th. Why are there two National Pecan Days? Well, pecans are pretty good but most likely it's because two different organizations or government parties created a Pecan Day and/or because nobody can agree on the date.

Either way we win because we get another excuse to enjoy some of my
PECAN FLAVORED COCKTAILS:
You might also like to try these two recipes as some of my Pecan Martinis make use of them:
Have fun going Nuts! Cheers!

Updated 6-2018
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20130412

LICORICE COCKTAILS FOR NATIONAL LICORICE DAY!


HAPPY NATIONAL LICORICE DAY!

What is licorice? Licorice is a plant, a legume to be exact, from which a sweet liquid can be extracted from the roots.  Not at all related to similar tasting herbs and plants, like anise, star anise or fennel it does have a very similar flavor. In fact, the other plants are often used to flavor food items often called "licorice".  Other similar herbs and plants with a "licorice" like flavor would include tarragon and sassafras.

The word licorice is derived from the Old French word "licoresse" which means sweet root. It has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes and today is often used as an herbal treatment for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. It is also used as a palliative for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses.

Here's some of my favorite
Licorice Cocktails:
In the licorice fields at Pontefract My love and I did meet And many a burdened licorice bush Was blooming round our feet; Red hair she had and golden skin, Her sulky lips were shaped for sin, Her sturdy legs were flannel-slack'd, The strongest legs in Pontefract.
- SirJohn Betjeman, A Few Late Chrysanthemums,'The Licorice Fields at Pontefract'. 
Updated 4-2018
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FRESH PLUM MARTINI - A Plum Delicious Cocktail!


What do YOU do with Plums?
I put them in this
FRESH PLUM MARTINI

 
Why? Because of these health benefits of Plums:
  • Low in Calories
  • No Saturated Fats
  • The dietary fiber, sorbitol and isatin in plums are known to help regulate the digestive tract.
  • Plums are a good dietary source of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant as well as beta carotene and vitamin A which is good for your eye sight.
  • Plums are high in potassium which helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Plums are plentiful in iron which aids in red blod cell formation.
 Share the Fresh Plum Martini with friends & family with these GREETING CARDS or POSTCARDS.

Have my Fresh Plum Martini and feel good and good about yourself!
 


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20130411

The FRAPPATINI - A Coffee Cocktail

Updated November 2015

THIS
is how to have a Coffee Break!
THE FRAPPATINI
Espresso, Coffee Liqueur and Whipped Cream Vodka Rocking The Casbah!

Ingredients:
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
3/4 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
2 Oz. Chilled, Fresh Brewed Espresso
Ground Espresso Beans
Cinnamon
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Directions:
Dip your glass into some of the coffee liqueur and then into the ground espresso beans mixed with some cinnamon. Chill the glass in the freezer.
Pour the chilled espresso, coffee liqueur and whipped cream vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.
Pour into your chilled glass, top with some whipped cream and garnish with a few of the chocolate covered espresso beans and serve.

Try some of my other Coffee and Espresso Cocktails too!



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20130404

A Pop Tart Cocktail for National Pop Tart Day


Because I found out they have mini Pop Tarts and because April 4th is National Pop Tart Day . . .

THE
WILD BERRY
POP TART MARTINI
Why should the kids have all the fun?

INGREDIENTS:
4 Tablespoons Pureed Strawberries
1 Tablespoon Pureed Raspberries
1 Oz. Dark Rum
1 Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Honey
(I used Honey Ridge Farm's amazing Honey Créme Blood Orange*)
1/2 Cup Chipped Ice

Garnish: 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Frosting, Mini Pop Tarts

Tools: Pastry piping bag with small tio or small plastic baggie, Blender

Glass: Cocktail

DIRECTIONS:
Put a tablespoon of honey in the Piping Bag or a small baggie with a tiny hole in one corner. Pipe the frosting onto the rim of the glass, press the mini Pop Tarts on to the frosting then chill the glass in the freezer.
Warm the honey in the microwave 4 20 Seconds to to thin it to a syrup consistency.
Add the honey and the remainder all the ingredients to your blender and pulse until you get a slushy consistency.
Pour into your chilled glass and serve.


Updated 4-2016




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20130403

Happy NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MOUSSE DAY - Let's Booze It Up!

Updated November 2015

Of course, I put BOOZE in my MOUSSE, don't you?

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE MARTINI
This makes EIGHT cocktails - you won't want to share but you should.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Small Package of INSTANT Chocolate Pudding
12 Oz. of Thawed Whipped Topping
Dark Crème de Cacao
Dark Chocolate Shavings

DIRECTIONS:

Make the chocolate pudding according to the package instructions except only use 1-1/2 cups of milk.
Carefully fold in 8 ounces of the thawed whipped cream topping.
Spoon this mousse mixture into your cocktail glasses.
Chill filled glasses in the refrigerator until time to serve.
At serving time pour an ounce of the dark Crème de Cacao onto each mound of mousse.
Top each with a dollop of the reserved whipped cream topping.
Garnish with the dark chocolate shavings and serve with a spoon.

Yes, I am evil and I threaten the very existence of skinny jeans, but the Spanx people love me.

Cheers, M'Dears - Happy National Chocolate Mousse Day!
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