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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


PAMA™ Martini

Pomegranate liqueur makes a delicious and intoxicating martini. You can use any kind of pomegranate liqueur with this but we like to use PAMA™. These can be strong  so you can add less of the ingredients if you like or add ice to your drink. Either way it’s a great unique martini!
Here’s Sluggo about to enjoy one!

PAMA Martini

INGREDIENTS:
1½ ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1½ ounce premium vodka
¼ ounce orange liqueur

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel or lemon slice.

Key Lime Pie Martini

Yes, we like martinis. You will be seeing many martini recipes in this blog. John is always looking for a new creation to try. This one is just so good you can’t drink just one! When we’ve made them in the past we didn’t rim the glasses with anything but you can definitely rim them with crushed graham cracker crumbs. These martinis go down so smoothly. Great for a warm humid day in the tropics. You can pretend! The recipe ingredients are listed in ‘parts’ so just make the ‘parts’ consistent. For example the recipe calls for 2 parts of one item and 1 part of another. You can make 1 part = 2 ounces, which is usually safest. A shot glass is usually 2 ounces. Just multiply the ingredients for how many drinks you’re making. So for one drink 2 parts = 4 ounces and 1 part = 2 ounces. We use those little Oxo measuring cups for our bar, they are the same as a shot glass but easier to pour and measure. So go check the liquor store for the key ingredient in this recipe and pretend you’re in Key West!

INGREDIENTS:

2 parts KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur*

1 part vanilla vodka**

Splash of heavy cream***


DIRECTIONS:

1. Chill martini glasses in freezer or refrigerator beforehand. If you need to chill quickly or if no room in freezer or refrigerator just put some ice in the glasses and fill with water to chill. When ready to use wet glass edges with a lime and then rim glasses with graham cracker crumbs (if you want the crumbs.)

2. Fill a cocktail shaker about one-third with ice. Pour ingredients into shaker and shake vigorously so that a frothy white head forms when poured. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime!

3. Sit back and relax!!

*KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur comes in a 750ml solid white bottle, usually found with the liqueurs.

**If you don’t have vanilla vodka use plain vodka, it comes out just as good.

***If you don’t have heavy cream you can use half-and-half. The cream is better though.

Lemonade Stand Martini

Lemonade isn’t just for summertime anymore! And there is nothing more refreshing than this delicious lemony treat to sip and pretend you are on a tropical isle somewhere. Close your eyes while sipping and you will be transported to the coast of Italy. This is our new favorite martini and I think you will all love it as well. So simple to make and after that first sip you will be hooked. Just be careful because these may go down very smooth but they pack a hidden kick. The key ingredient is limoncello. Limoncello can have an alcohol content of anywhere between 25%-35%! Not too shabby huh! So whip up a batch this weekend and forget the cold weather, forget work, forget the kids…Relax and enjoy! The recipe is for one drink so if you have four people just multiply the ingredients by four and so on.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce limoncello (your choice, we like Pallini)

1 ounce vodka (your choice)

1 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce fresh lemon juice (fresh makes it soooo much better)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Fill a cocktail shaker about ¼-1/3 full with ice.

2. Add ingredients to shaker and shake!

3. Pour into chilled martini glass. You can rim the glass with colored sugar if you like. Add a slice of lemon to glass.

4. Sit back and enjoy!

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