The Simpsons DUH-OH MARTINI Cocktail Tribute

The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and, in 2009, it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history.  I have been a faithful fan of The Simpsons for the whole run, including the shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.

I have loved the fun intros that changed every week, the sly and point-on political jabs, the long list of guest stars, the topical story lines and the interrelationships of the dysfunctional but loving family. I've watched as Matt Groening's imaginary characters morphed and changed along with the zeitgeist of the America, bringing insight and laughter along on the ride. For over 30 years this show has made me chortle and I've barely missed an episode.

So today, for your Simpson's viewing pleasure, here is my cocktail homage to The Simpsons:

Inspired by and a Tribute to The Simpsons

1-1/2 Oz. Cake Vodka
1Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 Oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
1/2 Oz. Half & Half

Garnish: Donut Glaze* with Crushed Butterfinger Bar for Rim
Bright Blue Cotton Candy "Hair" for Garnish
(If you really want to have some fun stick a couple of edible googly eyes on the rim.)

Dip your glass rim in some donut glaze and then into the crushed Butterfingers.
Chill the glass in the freezer.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the ingredients.
Shake vigorously to blend and emulsify the dairy into the drink.
Pour into your chilled glass then top with a Marge Simpson style hunk of blue cotton candy.
Add the googly eyes if you have them and serve.

Donut Glaze Recipe
Mix together:
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
Drop of Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon +/- Milk

The Cake Vodka and glaze on rim tastes like Homer's favorite donut, the Butterfinger is for Bart's favorite candy bar, the cotton candy is for Marge's famous hair, the juices and half & half give the cocktail that distinctive Simpson's skin color.  Yes, I left out the Lisa, Maggie and the Simpson pets, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball. Babies and pets don't mix with booze. Oh, come on, Bart is well over 21 by now and Lisa is a goody two-shoes.  P.S. I didn't forget Grandpa either, I just never liked the dingbat old curmudgeon.

Updated 6-2021

Blackberry Strawberry Mint Martini

When, and if, I ever have a few fresh berries sitting around leftover from a recipe it's my typical practice to toss them in with some booze for a new cocktail.  Exactly what I did here.
Add a little fresh mint from the garden and you have another great summer fruit martini to enjoy at happy hour.
2 Oz. Strawberry Vodka
1/2 C. Fresh Blackberries
1/2 C. Fresh Strawberries
Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime
4 Mint Leaves
Chill your martini glass in the freezer.  Combine all the ingredients with 1/2 cup of ice in a blender and mix until slushy but smooth.  Pour into your chilled martini glass and garnish with a fresh strawberry, a few blackberries and a sprig of mint.
Cheers, M'Dears & Enjoy!

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