Cocktail of the Week: Thin Mint Martini

Thin Mint MartiniCocktail of the Week: Thin Mint Martini

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and nothing says “I love you” like girl scout cookies! So buy a box or two of your favorites and then toast to the women of Girl Scouts as you sip this minty martini!

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Crème de Menthe Liquor + 2 tsp for garnish

1 oz Godiva or your favorite Chocolate Liquor

2 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies – and more for snacking

Crush two Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies into fine cookie crumbs; this takes just a minute in a food processor, spice mill or blender but you can chop or smash the cookies any way you like. Pour 2 teaspoons of Crème de Menthe on a plate, pour the crushed cookies on another plate. Dredge the rim of a glass through the Crème de Menthe and then dredge the coated rim through the cookie crumbs.   Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Vodka, Crème de Menthe, Chocolate Liquor and a teaspoon of cookie crumbs. Shake well and then strain as you pour into the prepared martini glass. Sip and enjoy! #thinmintthursday

For over 100 years Girl Scouts have been building girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. There is much more to Girl Scouts than cookies! But when you see cookie sellers this season, buy generously, enjoy the cookies and know you are contributing to our future. Can’t find Girl Scout cookies? Send me a message and I hook you up with cookie sellers.

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Cocktail of the Week: Samoa Martini

Samoa MartiniCocktail of the Week: Samoa Martini

It’s that time of year again – Cookie Season is here! Toast to the women of Girl Scouts as you sip this deLiteful caramel, coconut and chocolate creation.

2oz Smirnoff Caramel Vodka
1 ½ oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 ½ oz Malibu Coconut Rum
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
2 Tablespoons Shredded Coconut Flakes
1 Samoa or Caramel deLites Girl Scout Cookie – you only need one per cocktail but support Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes!

Heat an oven to 350 degrees. Place the coconut on a foil or parchment covered cookie sheet and toast in the oven until the coconut is golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Pour the Chocolate Syrup on to a small plate. Pour the toasted coconut onto another small plate. Dredge the rim of a martini glass in the chocolate syrup. Dredge the chocolate coated rim through the toasted coconut. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour Caramel Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and Coconut Rum over ice. Shake well and strain as you pour into your chocolate and coconut rimmed glass. With a sharp knife, carefully cut a slice into your Samoa cookie, and then a second slice to create a very, very small wedge in the cookie. Garnish your cocktail by using the wedge to hang the cookie on the side of the glass. Enjoy!

For over 100 years Girl Scouts have been building girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. There is much more to Girl Scouts than cookies! But when you see cookie sellers this season, buy generously, enjoy the cookies and know you are contributing to our future. Can’t find Girl Scout cookies? Send me a message and I hook you up with cookie sellers.

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Cocktail of the Week: Chocolate Martini

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa and his helpers deserve a little treat while they are busy putting presents under the tree. Even if you don’t celebrate, you might merit a little holiday cheer.

2oz Vodka
2oz Godiva (or your favorite) Chocolate Liqueur
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
1 Candy Cane

Unwrap the Candy Cane and place it in a plastic bag. Smash the candy with the back of a spoon or the wrench you are unsuccessfully using to assemble holiday gifts until the peppermint is in pieces the size of whoville or large grains of sand. Pour the Chocolate Syrup on to a small plate. Pour the crushed Peppermint Candy onto another small plate. Dredge the rim of a martini glass (or any other glass you can find in your holiday haste) in the chocolate syrup. Dredge the chocolate coated rim through the crushed peppermint. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour Vodka and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur over ice. Shake well and strain as you pour into your chocolate and peppermint rimmed glass. Leave the cocktail by the fireplace for Santa or sip and enjoy! Be sure to let the reindeer do the driving if you will be drinking on Christmas eve. Happy and safe holidays to all! Cheers!

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 Chocolate Mint Martini

Cocktail of the Week: Left Bank Martini

Left Bank Martini
Wine aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs agree that the Left Bank Martini will put you in the mood for a romantic stroll down the Seine.

2oz Sauvignon Blanc
1 ½ oz Gin
1oz St-Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)

Pour all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain as you pour into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!

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Cocktail of the Week: Pumpkin Martini

PumpkinMartiniSeems like there is always some pumpkin puree left over when making pies. Here’s a great recipe that will use up that leftover puree, in fact you may need to make some extra!

4oz Vodka
2oz Heavy Cream (you can substitute light cream or half and half)
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Nutmeg
(Makes 2)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Vodka, Cream, Pumpkin Puree, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into two chilled martini glasses. Sprinkle the tops with Ground Cinnamon and Ground Nutmeg. Also tasty served on the rocks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini

Spiced Cranberry MartiniCocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini
Get into the holiday spirit with this simple but spicy cranberry cocktail!

5oz Cranberry Juice
3oz Absolut Citron – or your favorite lemon flavored Vodka
1/2oz Ginger Syrup*
A Splash of Cointreau or another orange flavored liquor
Fresh Cranberries and Lemon Twists for garnish
Makes 2

Fill a shaker with ice, add Vodka, Ginger Syrup a splash of Cointreau and Cranberry Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into two chilled martini glass. Garnish with Fresh Cranberries and a Lemon Twist. Sip and enjoy!

*To make Ginger Syrup, put ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Strain syrup and discard Ginger (or save for another use). Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Ginger Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Tomato Martini

Tomato MartiniCocktail of the Week: Tomato Martini
It’s that time of summer when fresh, ripe tomatoes are everywhere. Mix up a little tomato vodka and enjoy sipping the fresh flavors of summer!

1 lb ripe tomatoes – one big beefsteak may be enough!
8 oz of your favorite Vodka
½ oz of Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
Pinch of Salt
Cherry Tomato, Basil and Olives for garnish
Makes 4

Cut the Tomato into quarters and place into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times. Add Vodka and blend to a fine puree.
Strain the puree into a bowl or pitcher using a fine mesh strainer. Add Dry Vermouth, Red Wine Vinegar and a pinch of Salt. Pour into a shaker with ice – shake and pour into chilled glasses.
Garnish with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Olives. Enjoy!

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