Inspired by the Rubber Ducky Easter Wreath, we decided to take things to a new level by making a cocktail for Easter brunch that matched the festive orange tulle in the wreath. We’re calling it The Funny Bunny because we use carrot juice and chances are that you will feel very funny after just one. It’s kind of our own version of a healthy Cosmo, but try it and you be the judge. Read more →
Archive for category: Martini
It’s been a very warm winter here in DC (well for us anyway). The last few days have been sunny, unseasonably mild and the air was giving off just a hint of spring…what a tease! This weekend we couldn’t resist making a drink that would remind us of the warmer weather. We decided to doctor the traditional gin martini to have just a hint of refreshing fruit flavor, without any of the sweetness. The result is a beautiful, refreshing, but also very grown-up martini that warms up the tummy for the season but reminds us that spring is two weeks away! Here’s the recipe: Read more →
More often than not, the best cocktails are made from just a couple of ingredients. We’re getting tired of seeing insanely complicated cocktails on restaurant menus. Sure, they are delicious but who wants to wait 15 minutes for the poor bartender to muddle and mix 10 different ingredients. We’ve also noticed that a lot of them are high on sugar. Enter the Peppermint Martini, which is not only perfect for the holiday season, but it’s also super simple to make . . . and it has only two ingredients. Here’s how we made it: Read more →
Who isn’t addicted to Downton Abbey? We have been searching for an appropriate cocktail that is reflective of the time, but we realized that most cocktails did not really come of age until the American prohibition (talk about being crafty!) However, we recently came across a gin and Cointreau cocktail that was invented in London around the time of the Great War. It was too perfect to pass up and we’re renaming it the Downton Lady, and making it for tonight’s episode (and probably for next week’s Season 2 finale too!) Here’s the recipe: Read more →
It’s been a very warm winter here in the Northeast. The last couple of days have been sunny, unseasonably mild and the air was giving off just a hint of spring…what a tease! This weekend we couldn’t resist making a drink that would remind us of the warmer weather. We decided to doctor the traditional gin martini to have just a hint of refreshing fruit flavor, without any of the sweetness. The result is a beautiful, refreshing, but also very grown-up martini that warms up the tummy for the season but reminds us that spring is only eight weeks away! Here’s the recipe: Read more →
Today we’re spending the day making Christmas wreaths! One of our inspirations (though not completely) were candy canes. We love the color, pattern, and their taste…which also ended up inspiring us for our cocktail break! I broke out the Godiva White Chocolate, added a few other key ingredients and the result is truly a blast! This is the recipe:
Makes two cocktails
- 6 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- 3 oz 360 Vodka, Double Chocolate Flavor
- 3 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
Add the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in cocktail glasses and garnish with a peppermint cookie (or a candy cane!). This cocktail is basically a white chocolate peppermint martini, but we’re having such a BLAST drinking it while making the wreaths that we decided to call it just that….back to the wreaths!
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and we’re putting the final touches to the menu for the day. Alberto’s job is to come up with a signature cocktail and what’s better than using the eponymous brand of bourbon Wild Turkey. The Loopy Turkey is basically a Cosmo made with bourbon. It’s very delicate, but it also offers subtle depth and warmth in every sip. We made it with diet cranberry juice, so we’re sure to save calories for the real food!Here’s the recipe…
Makes two cocktails
- 8 oz of Wild Turkey
- 4 oz of Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry
- 2 oz of Triple Sec
- Splash of lemon juice
- Rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish
Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the rosemary and fresh cranberries. The drink is not only delicious but it’s also the perfect way to start the holiday. Cheers!
We are starting to turn around on our opinion of flavored vodka. We recently discovered 360 Double Chocolate Vodka and we love it! And it has also given us the perfect excuse to try a chocolate martini. Our version uses hazelnut liqueur and Skim Plus chocolate milk…delicious and creamy, but also easy on the calories. Try it!
Makes two cocktails
- 6 oz of 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
- 4 oz of Skim Plus Chocolate Milk
- 4 oz of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
- White chocolate shavings
Pour the vodka, milk and Frangelico into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and serve. Garnish the drinks with the white chocolate shavings and enjoy!
Except for the occasional fruity cocktail, we generally think that vodka should be left unflavored. That was until our friend Marla at Travel Curious Often suggested Zubrowka, a Polish vodka infused with Bison Grass. Yes, sounds a bit odd, but it’s truly a spectacular drinking experience. The subtle chamomile and herb flavors jump right at you when drinking it straight up, or on ice. Another popular way of drinking Zubrowka is with apple juice, which gave us the inspiration for our martini this week.Here’s the recipe…
Makes 2 cocktails
- 6 oz of Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
- 6 oz of apple juice (filtered)
- 2 oz of fresh lime juice
- Maraschino cherries and apple and lime wedges for garnish
Pour the Zubrowka and apple juice into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the fruit. Calling this drink an Appletini is tempting, but wouldn’t be fair. It’s rich, smooth, fragrant, and delicious…kind of like the perfect kiss.