Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tee More Marthrinis

While we are still on the subject of martinis, I will admit that the classic and the pama are the faves, but we do like to mix it up a bit from time to time.  Here are tee more marthrini, I mean, three more martini recipes that we think you might enjoy.

The Lemon Drop Martini is basically a lemon drop that is too good to shoot.  You’ll want to sip and enjoy!  Using the Limoncello liqueur, you don’t need to add extra sugar because the sugar is already in the liquor.  And remember, it is a martini, not a fru-fru girly drink so you don’t want it too sweet (not that there is anything wrong with fru-fru girly drinks.)
Lemon Drop Martini
2 shots Vodka
1 shot Limoncello
2 Lemon slices

Prepare glasses in advance by chilling and then dipping the edges in lemon juice then in granulated sugar. 

Pour vodka and Limoncello into shaker, squeeze one of the lemon slices, and add ice.  Shake well.  Serve in chilled, sugar rimmed glasses with a lemon slice for garnish.

“What a twist!”
(A nice twist on this one is to combine it with the PamaTini to make the PamaLemaTini.  Simply split the amount of Limoncello with equal parts Pama pomegranate liqueur.  We found a fun pre-made pomegranate sugar glass rimmer made by a company called Stirrings that is pretty good with the PamaLemaTini.)

Another one we like is the Pear Martini.  We found Absolut Pears, and thought it sounded delicious, and so Scott had the idea for pear martinis.  We made them for a couple of happy hours and they were a big hit.  

Suzi also made them as a DIVA drink one year and they weren’t quite as big a hit.  But they sure were pretty…

Pear Martini

3 shots Absolut Pears Vodka
1 shot Goya Pear Nectar
Asian pear slice

Pour into shaker, add ice and shake vigorously.  Serve straight up in a chilled glass and garnish with an Asian pear slice.

Ok, so we really got into martinis for a while there.  One night we were talking about the classic olive martini and started discussing things other than olives that would be good in a martini.  Of course there is the obvious cocktail onion, some folks like a jalapeno or chili for a little spice.  But then Scott came up with dill pickle, and Dill Pickle Martinis were born.  
This drink goes great with a club sandwich and a bag of chips. 

Dill Pickle Martini

3 shots Vodka
Threaten with Dry Vermouth
Threaten with pickle juice
Pickle slice for garnish
Pour into shaker with ice, shake vigorously, serve up in chilled glasses.  Garnish with pickle slice.

This is simply the Classic Olive Martini made dirty, but instead of an olive and olive juice, use a slice of dill pickle and pickle juice.  

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