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Gingerbread Cookie Martini

Well it’s Christmas Eve and I’m actually doing the blog before noon! I know! As far as cookies go I think Gingerbread People cookies are always associated with Christmas. So what better cocktail than a gingerbread martini! Once again this recipe uses Goldschlager so if you still have some left from the other martini recipes then you are good to go! This recipe calls for Van Gogh Espresso vodka but if you by chance have some Patron Coffee liqueur I am sure you can use that as well. So mix and be merry! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas weekend! Remember the reason for the season is not about the presents or the food or the drinks…but for being with family and friends and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. If it were up to me I’d leave my tree up 24/7/365!

Merry Christmas everyone!

INGREDIENTS:

3 ounces Van Gogh Espresso or Double Espresso Vodka (or any other brand)

1 ounce Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps

3 ounces Irish Cream (Baileys)

DIRECTIONS:

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Let it stand for a few seconds. Then shake vigorously for about 5 seconds and pour into chilled martini glasses!  Garnish with a gingersnap or gingerbread cookie if you wish!

Makes 2 drinks

Chocolate Chip Martini

Since I am going to be doing all these cookie recipes and today is Friday, we need a cocktail right? Right. Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorites. Basic, simple cookies. They can have nuts, candy, raisins or whatever you want to add to them. But the basic chocolate chip cookie never fails to please. I found this recipe several years ago in Rachael Ray’s magazine. She has a few other “cookie cocktails” which I’ll include in the upcoming Friday posts this month. But today is a Chocolate Chip Martini. Nothing really fancy either. It’s not a creamy martini. Which in a way saves calories!  So it’s low-cal! Ok, maybe not but it’s delicious. I don’t have butterscotch schnapps or I’d make them right now myself! Tomorrow I’ll have to make a run to the liquor store and get some so I can put my own picture in here as well!  Have a few actual cookies to go along with this tasty martini if you wish! Who says you can’t have cookies and alcohol!


INGREDIENTS:

6 chocolate chips, for garnish
Ice cubes
2 ounces white crème de cacao (¼ cup)
2 ounces dark crème de cacao (¼ cup)
1½ ounces chocolate vodka (3 tablespoons)
1½ ounces butterscotch schnapps (3 tablespoons)

DIRECTIONS:

Place 3 chocolate chips in each of 2 martini glasses. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the white and dark crème de cacao, the vodka and butterscotch schnapps and shake well. Strain into the glasses.

Makes 2 drinks


Apple Cranberry Martini

So the calendar says it’s Fall. I have to say it has been cooler than normal here in south Florida. Remember, it’s cool for us. In the mid 70s! The weather people say it’s cooler than normal for this time of year. I think they’re right. I’ve gotten used the Fall weather arriving in time for Thanksgiving! Halloween is usually pretty warm here. But either way, it’s Fall. I remember years and years ago when my family would go up to Maine for a long weekend. We have a house in Naples, Maine. A summer “camp” as they call it. No heat. No insulation. Indoor plumbing! But you don’t go up there in the winter or after the lake freezes. Yes, the house is on a lake as well. So Columbus Day weekend was usually the last time we went up. One of the traditions we had, for a few years anyway, was to go apple picking. No matter how sullen or grumpy some of were we always had fun. We ate more apples than we picked sometimes! The weather was always beautiful. Cool but not cold, sunny and clear.

 

October 1976: Me (red jacket upper left), Dad, Billy, Warren, Michele & Mom

 

I do miss that part of being up north this time of year. We have pumpkin ‘fields’ here. They are usually on a corner lot on the road or church yard. Places where in another month or so we’ll see Christmas trees. It’s just not the same to go pumpkin picking here! So all this talk of  “Fall” weather had me thinking of a seasonal martini. Did the pumpkin one already. And since I associate apple picking with the Fall this martini sounded perfect. Sort of like an apple cosmo! Anyway, give it a try and enjoy the Fall weather however you can!

 

 

 


INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces cranberry vodka

1 ounce green apple vodka

1 ounce cranberry juice

apple slices (red or green) for garnish

fresh cranberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with an apple slice or cranberries on a toothpick.

Makes 2 drinks

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Well according to the calendar Fall is officially here. I’m sure it’s cooler in some part of the country! It’s actually cooler here in Florida too! Ok it’s 83 degrees (it’s after 5pm here), but it was close to 90 not too long ago! It’s cooler! Really! Anyway…Before I get into the recipe, I am wondering if this bothers anyone else besides me. There are some stores who have Christmas decorations out already! No joke! Last Saturday we were in BJ’s Wholesale Club and there they were! Christmas decorations, trees, lights, etc! Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas! It’s my favorite holiday but NOT IN SEPTEMBER!!! I can deal with the Halloween decorations in August just before school starts but this is so wrong! Maybe it’s just me. For me, the Christmas season starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and not until I see Santa on his sleigh! Then I can begin the madness  celebration! Ok, now that I’ve vented here’s the recipe for today.

Pumpkin Pie Martini! There are quite a few recipes and variations on this but I found this one to be very tasty. A few years ago our local paper had a recipe for a pumpkin pie martini and it called for Pumpkin Schnapps. Let me just say this, it was nowhere to be found. And pretty much every local liquor store had people coming in asking for it since they’d seen the recipe! I ended up ordering online from DaVinci Syrups. They have every flavor you can think of in a syrup. So I ordered a bottle and we used that. But since then we’ve found Pumpkin Liqueur. (My husband also has another recipe he uses but I can’t find it right now. )

This recipe today is actually from the Skyline Bar & Grill, atop the Hilton Americas-Houston in Houston, TX. It was in their online edition several years ago.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce vanilla vodka

2 ounces pumpkin schnapps/liqueur

1 ounce Frangelico

1 ounce Bailey’s

2 ounces cream

Nutmeg, cinnamon or all-spice for garnish

cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

crushed graham crackers for rims (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

In a shaker with ice add all ingredients. Shake well and pour into chilled martini glasses. Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon or all-spice.

Makes 2 martinis

**If you use pumpkin flavored syrup instead of the liqueur add a little more of the other ingredients and add 1 ounce of the flavored syrup. Adjust as needed!

***Found my husband’s recipe: Basically the same just leave out the Bailey’s and Frangelico. Less calories this way too! Your decision!

Macaroon Martini

Don’t you love it when you can have dessert and cocktail all in one! This martini does just that. Almost makes you want to have a cup of coffee to go with it. But don’t. The macaroon martini is a tasty after dinner drink or have it as a pre-dinner cocktail. Either way it will be a hit. If you want before hand drip chocolate syrup down the insides of a martini glass and chill in the freezer. This way you get an extra treat when you are ready to pour the martini! Try it! You’ll Like it! This recipe is for two drinks.

INGREDIENTS:

6 ounces vodka

1 ounce chocolate liqueur (Godiva is always a good choice!)

1 ounce Amaretto (Use Amaretto di Saronno is the best, don’t use a cheap one, you’ll regret it!)

orange twist for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glasses.

Garnish with orange twist if desired.

Makes 2 cocktails

Side Car Martini

It’s Friday! Woo hoo! And it is after  5 o’clock so let’s get the weekend started! I just found this recipe on the Cooking Channel site. It is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis so you know it’ll be a good one! And it has one of my favorite liqueurs in it, Limoncello. Love it! (maybe I should marry it!) Anyway, here it is and enjoy your weekend everyone! This recipe makes 4 martinis so invite a few friends over to get the party started! Just be careful as these martinis will definitely pack quite a punch! So nosh on some snacks with them and be careful!

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup sugar

1 lime, zested

1 lime wedge

10 ounces cognac (Hennessy is recommended)

4 ounces Cointreau (or Triple Sec)

4 ounces sweet and sour mix

4 ounces Limoncello

2 ounces lime juice

ice

DIRECTIONS:

1. Chill 4 martini glasses. In a small shallow dish combine the sugar and the lime zest. Run the lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Dip in the sugar and zest mixture.

2. In a cocktail shaker mix the cognac, Cointreau, sweet and sour mix, Limoncello, and lime juice over ice. Shake to chill.

3. Pour the Side Car Martinis into the glasses and serve immediately.

Italian Wedding Cake Martini

Yes it is finally Friday! Time to start the weekend! I apologize for not having a cocktail recipe last Friday but I am making up for it today. This is a simple 3 ingredient martini that is just bellisimo! Great way to kick off the weekend or any evening really. I have had an Italian Martini before but that has Amaretto in it. This one tastes just like a piece of cake! The calories may be just as much but that’s okay. So give it a try this weekend! I’ll be in Miami this weekend for the Goo Goo Dolls concert on Saturday night so I will be on the lookout for more cocktails to tell you all about as well as any new little snacks or restaurants. Don’t forget to keep checking my website too. I am adding new stuff every day. And if anyone has a request for a recipe, cocktail, restaurant recommendation or anything, just let me know here on the blog or the website at www.cucinadiandrea.com and I will make sure I do my best to accommodate you! Have a fantastic weekend all!

Photo is for illustrative purposes only!

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces vanilla vodka

1 ounce White Creme de Cacao

splash of pineapple juice

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into chilled martini glass!

Makes 1 drink

Kanpai

Kanpai translates into an equivalent of the word “cheers” when making a toast. I actually thought it was spelled differently but who am I say it’s wrong. Either way I came across a cocktail by this name and it sounds so good I can’t wait to try it on my own. I just have to get a few of the ingredients and I’ll give my review of it once I make it. It is a peachy looking color and sounds so refreshing for a hot summer day. This recipe is supposedly from the high-end Japanese restaurant “Megu NYC”. I have never heard of it but then again I’m not on the élite list that dines in high-end Japanese restaurants in NYC! It has saké in it. Not a problem for me. And what makes it even more inviting to me is that it is a sparkling saké! My downfall. Love sparkling saké and of course it’s much higher in calories. Figures! This recipe of course calls for high-end sparkling saké. But I will be using the cheaper version. If anyone tries it before I do please let me know on this blog in a comment if you liked it or not! Sparkling saké is also a great saké for people who think they don’t like saké. It’s sweeter and not so harsh when you first drink it like so many house sakés are. Most people associate saké with the hot variety. I have found out that most of those hot sakés are the cheaper sakés and they need to heat it to make it taste better! I only use the hot saké for sake bombs now! Cold or room temperature all the way these days. I just texted John who is on his way home from New York and told him about this drink and he is ready to try it this weekend! So I will update everyone once we have a verdict!

P.S. I just looked up the restaurant Megu NYC and it seems to be a fave of the Twilight cast when in NYC. Oh boy!

INGREDIENTS:

5 raspberries, muddled

1 ounce Bacardi Lite

1 ounce pineapple juice

1-2 ounces sparkling saké (they usually come in small bottles for as little as $5 at most wine/liquor stores)


DIRECTIONS:

Put all ingredients except for the saké into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the sparkling saké!

Makes 1 drink

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Linda’s Orange Razz Tini

As promised, here is the martini that my cousin Linda had several times when we ventured into the Tini Martini Bar (http://tini-martini-bar.com/) at the Casablanca Inn in St. Augustine. As I said John and I had stayed at the Inn 3 years ago and had fallen in love with the place. Especially after we found out they just opened a martini bar! We were sold. So when we went back the first time it was great. The martinis range from $10.50-$12.50. Yes a little on the higher end BUT they were definitely more than 6 ounce martini glasses. I would say 8 ounces and they filled them to the tippy top! None of this space at the top as most places do. So after we took Linda there the first time we knew we’d be back during our visit. And one afternoon during the daily thunderstorm at about 2pm, we sought shelter at our favorite bar. Thanks to our bartender Jason we were very happy indeed! Ghosts and all! So here is the tini martini that Linda had. I am using measurements that will make a 6 ounce martini. As always feel free to add more depending on your glass size!

INGREDIENTS:

3 ounces orange vodka

3 ounces raspberry vodka

Splash of Chambord

Splash of Cranberry Juice

DIRECTIONS:

Place ingredients in cocktail shaker filled half with ice and shake, shake, shake!! Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice! Nice!

Makes 1 martini

Blini-Tini

So what is a Blini-tini? If you know what a Bellini is this is a twist on that. Bellini’s are a delicious, refreshing cocktail. (See past post) When we were recently visiting the ancient city of St. Augustine, FL we stopped in a few times to our favorite martini bar, The Tini Martini Bar, in The Casablanca Inn. We had stayed at the Inn 3 years ago when the bar was brand new. They have the best martinis in the city. And they fill them to the tippy top! No half-inch of empty glass at the top! The bar and the Inn is reported to be haunted, by a friendly female ghost. (No, not Casper). I think my cousin Linda will attest to some odd happenings while we were sitting at the bar. I was next to her and I see her look on the floor like she dropped something. Nothing there. She’s still looking so I asked what was up. She said she felt something physically touch her leg, like something fell against it. We didn’t see anything anywhere. So I am guessing the ghost was saying hello! Wild! (And no we were not drunk!) Anyway, here is the martini that John and I had, twice. Linda’s martini will be next week’s post!

Tini Martini Bar at The Casablanca Inn, St. Augustine, FL

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces peach schnapps

2 ounces peach vodka

2 ounces Prosecco or champagne

Splash of Orange Juice (no pulp! Or strain it if it does have it!)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour champagne into chilled martini glass.

2. In a cocktail shaker half filled with ice add the schnapps, vodka and orange juice. Shake till mixed, strain and pour into cocktail glass.

Garnish with fresh peach slice if you have room!

Makes 1 martini


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