20140726

ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI

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Have Gin Will Shake*
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM MARTINI
 4:35 am

So making brunch today for some surprise out of town guests who showed up around 11 last night.  It was a big (but nice) surprise for me, however, the surprise for them is I haven't been to the market so all I have on hand for mixing up some brunch cocktails is some orange juice. Booze, of course, is never a problem. My bar is loaded with booze - you know me. It's just the mixers I'm low on. It was a big week for cool cocktails at my house with the heat index hitting 110 plus, lol.
 
No problem, if I have booze and O.J. cocktails will be had!
 
The Orange Blossom Martini Recipe
 
1-1/2 Oz. London Dry Gin
1/2 Oz. Cointreau
1-1/2 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Orange Twist
Edible Orange Blossom
(this would be a really nice garnish - no, I didn't have these either!)

Chill your glass in the freezer. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with one cup of ice and shake until well chilled. Pour into your martini glass garnish with a decoratively carved orange twist, the edible orange blossom (optional) and enjoy.

4:55 am
Okay, brunch booze has been handled, obligatory blog photo taken.  Now I have to create the edibles from my sad little larder & fridge with just some eggs, milk, sour cream, stale bread, cheese and sausage.  A Breakfast Strata it is.
 
Yeah, the carved orange garnish is not perfect - gimme a break it's not even 6 in the morning yet!

There better be a serious hostess gift coming my way is all I can say.

P.S. National Orange Blossom Day is June 27th. Now I have a cocktail for it!
 
*My not quite awake quip on the old Have Gun Will Travel - Palladin TV Show from the fifties.



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20140725

RASPBERRY COLADA COCKTAIL

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Taking it to the Tropics with
The Raspberry Colada

I have this thing for Coladas. I love them. Every time I have a Colada of any kind I am instantly transported back to all my vacations in tropical paradises. I adore the classic Pina Colada, but I'm not at all adverse to adding more fruits. Mostly I add strawberries in my Strawberry Colada, but I had raspberries the other day and no strawberries and was in the mood to have a little beach time (thanks to being subjected to the high desert temps of Tucson) so....

The Raspberry Colada Recipe
1 Oz. Raspberry Vodka
1 Oz. Coconut Rum
1 Oz. Pineapple Rum
1 Oz. Coconut Water
Juice of ½ a Lime
1 Oz. Pineapple Juice
1/3 C. Coconut Flakes
1/4 C. Sugar
Pineapple Spear & Raspberries Garnish

Grind the coconut flakes with the sugar until you have a coarse powder. Dip your glass rim in some pineapple juice, then into the coconut sugar and chill in the freezer.  Pour the vodka and the rums, the coconut water and the pineapple juice into a martini shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.  Pour into your cold martini glass, garnish with your pineapple spear, if you have it, and a few of the raspberries on a cocktail pick and serve.

Mix up a view, play Rupert Holmes ESCAPE, The Pina Colada Song, and take yourself away to a tropical locale!



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20140724

TEQUILA COCKTAILS



My favorite way to enjoy tequila is in a margarita, usually with some kind of fruit and blended most of the time, but not always! I've been known to enjoy tequila in Old Fashioneds, Bloodies, Collins and even the occasional shot! Below are some my favorites.

TEQUILA
COCKTAILS

CHOCOLATE MARGARITA
So good it's dangerous.

MARGHERITA PIZZA MARGARITA
Trust me, it's a great Tomato Margarita.

GRINNING SKULL
Day of the Dead & Grateful Dead Inspired Cocktail.

SOLAR ECLIPSE MARGARITA
Imagine a black moon ice ball melting in a bright sun orange margarita.

SAMCRO Bloody Boilermaker
A Sons Of Anarchy Inspired Cocktail.

LOADED CACTUS SLIDERITAS
Cactus Pear Margarita with Goodies.

RED, WHITE & BOOZESICLES
Raspberry Martini, Coconut Colada, Blueberry Margarita Popsicles.

STONED TEQUILA SUNSET
A riff on that 70's classic, Tequila Sunset.

TEQUILA POMEGRANATE SMASH
Just what it sounds like, pomegranate seeds smashed into tequila.

PALOMA TEQUILA COCKTAIL
A fresh take on the classic grapefruit Mexican cooler.

TIJUANA JACKASS
My South of the Border take on a Moscow Mule.

HATCHCHILETA MARGARITA
Made with my Homemade Roasted Hatch Chile and Cilantro Infused Tequila Liquor

The DIE HARD MARTINI
Just what you think it is.

The OVER THE CLIFF MARTINI-RITA
I absolutely love this one for two reasons, Blackberries are great in margaritas and I love the recipe card I designed for it inspired by the movie, Thelma and Louise.

The CHERRY MARGARITA-TINI 
I love cherries, I love margaritas.
Win/Win.

POMEGRANATE MARGARITA
A sweetheart of a margarita.

BLOOD ORANGE MARTINI - A - RITA
The color and flavor of blood oranges makes this one a total babe of a cocktail.

BLUEBERRY MARGARITA-TINI
It's all about the blueberries!

SPICY WATERMELON MARTINI-RITA
Refreshing with a spicy bite - a lovely sip in summer.

HOT WATERMELON MARGARITA
Not kidding. Hot.

STRAWBERRY BLUEBERRY MARGARITA
A perfect use of seasonal summer fruits.

THE MARGARITAVILLE MARTINI
A classic margarita for Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads - the recipe card has a cool Scarlett Macaw Parrot on it!

MONSTROUS RITA-TINI MARTINI
A Halloween themed, orange flavored martini with some spooky garnish.

LOADED CACTUS SLIDERITAS
A Cactus Pear Margarita Loaded with Mexi Sliders & Happy Hour Treats.

PEACH MARGARITA
Canned or fresh peaches, both work great!

BEER MARGARITAS
Because, you know, Beer! And Margaritas!

BLUE CRYSTAL MARGARITA
Concocted especially for Breaking Bad Addicts!

And for good measure, here's a few more
Seasonal or Themed Tequila Cocktails:
 TEQUILA TUESDAY MARTINI-RITA
BLUE MOON TEQUILA MARTINI
SIESTA TEQUILA MARTINI
EMERALD ISLE MARTINI
GRAVEYARD SUNRISE MARTINI
MONTROUS RITATINI
RED WHITE & BOOZESICLES


And last but not least how about
A LITTLE TEQUILA HISTORY?



TEQUILA is cheaper than therapy is available on art, decor, stationery, clothing, bar accessories, games and gifts.

Updated 8-2017
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20140719

BLUEBERRY DAIQUIRI



The Daiquiri is very near and dear to me because it's the very first real cocktail I ever had, thanks to my sister. Having a Daiquiri always brings back memories of her and it is the cocktail that started me on the road to becoming The Martini Diva.
 
The original Daiquiri was a mixture of rum, lime, and sugar served over ice. Born in Cuba, the Daiquiri was introduced to America by Admiral Lucius W. Johnson of the U.S. Navy who discovered it in his travels. Johnson brought the Daiquiri recipe back to the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC where it became a favorite of many young Naval officers, including a young John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Thanks to Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, which opened up trade to Cuba and the Caribbean, when wartime rationing made whiskey, gin and vodka hard to come by in the 1940s, Cuban rum became a popular substitute and the Daiquiri then began to appear in American bars throughout the country.
 
Most people today are more familiar with the frozen, fruit blended versions and, though I do like a well prepared classic Daiquiri, I'm not a bit adverse to adding fruit to Daiquiris myself. So, when I was given a huge bag of frozen blueberries recently, a Blueberry Daiquiri seemed a perfect way to make use of them!
 
BLUEBERRY DAIQUIRI
2 Oz. Light Rum
1/2 C. Frozen Blueberries
1 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tbsp. Blueberry Simple Syrup
(recipe for syrup here)
1 C. Ice
Sugar for Rim
Fresh Blueberries for garnish
 
Rim glass with sugar then chill in the freezer. Add all ingredients, except the fresh blueberries, to a blender and pulse until slushy. Pour into your chilled glass, garnish and enjoy!
 
More Fruit Daiquiris You Might Enjoy.
  
National Daiquiri Day is July 19th and National Blueberry Month is in July.
 
 
 
Updated 7-2018
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20140703

Fourth of July Cocktails


What would July 4th be without some patriotic cocktails? I've compiled all my Fourth of July cocktails here to make your celebration easier:
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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Updated 2-2017

20140701

Maple Leaf Cocktail


A very
HAPPY CANADA DAY
to our neighbors up North!

THE MAPLE LEAF COCKTAIL

1-1/2 Oz. Canadian Whiskey
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
Canada Dry Ginger Ale
1/2 Oz. Lemon Juice
Lemon Twist, Candied Ginger & Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Shake whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup with a cup of ice, strain into glass, top off with ginger ale, garnish with candied ginger, cherry and twist.

CHEERS, EH?




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