Girlie martini recipes needed
- Nyleve Nov 19, 2004 09:36 AM
Ok - martini purists can just skip this post. I know what a real martini is supposed to be. This is not what I am looking for.
I would like your favourite girlie martini recipes - you know what I mean. Looking for Cosmopolitan, Green Apple, whatever. No extremely esoteric ingredients, please, and nothing that requires more than 5 ingredients. Easy, fun, pretty and delicious.
Martinis are pretty strong and I can only usually handle a half of one in a few hours.
I like the peach martini at The Four Seasons, Newport Beach. Don't know exactly what's in it, but its pretty simple peach and vodka, maybe a splash of
grenadine or something.
And, there a some good ones at The Clubhouse (see link)
Peaches and Cream
And, we made one up that tastes like an orange tootsie pop. Really!
fresh orange juice
Flirtini's are good. It originated at Guastavino's in Manhattan. The exact proportions are below in the link. I hosted a martini party and by the end of the night the drink sloppily became:
Crushed raspberries at the bottom of the glass.
In the shaker - 3 count pour of Stoli Raspberry, splash of Triple Sec, splash of pineapple juice, quick sqeeze of a lime. Shake it up. Pour on top of the raspberries, top it off with champagne. Squeal because it's delicious.
My friends and I make our chocolate martini with equal parts vanilla stoli and creme de cacao. If we're in the mood, we'll add a touch of godiva chocolate liqueur to the glass beforehand - it makes a nice layered drink, too, and it's not as heavy because it doesn't have the half-and-half. We'll also rim the edges of our glass with cocoa powder.
This is a favorite with us, and it can be made ahead!
Caramel Apple Martinis
8 oz vodka
4 oz Pucker Apple Sour
2 oz Buttershots
Stir these together, cover, and place in the freezer.
Mix some sugar and cinnamon together (to taste).
When ready to serve, moisten the rim of the martini glass and place into the cinnamon sugar.
Pour the martinis then garnish with a cinnamon stick or an apple slice (or both).
Makes 4 martinis.
The Pink Lady is a fine old drink that deserves greater recognition than it gets. I blame the name - men don't want to order it because it's pink. And a lot of women I know seem to be vodka drinkers. Personally, I hate vodka, so my gal drink is thus:
1 oz apple brandy
1 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
Shake with ice, serve very cold in a chilled martini glass.
I've also had a martini with Stoli raspberry, Grand Marnier and an orange twist. That's pretty good, if you like vodka drinks.
....these concoctions are simply NOT MARTINIS. Mixing vodka and maple syrup, garnishing it with a waffle wedge, and serving it in a Martini glass does not magically entitle it to be called a Martini. Jeebus, even a Martini subbing a pickled onion for the olive isn't properly called a Martini!
Sorry. As an erstwhile cocktail waitress, this just bugs me no end.
Wow, thanks for the reading inspiration, peg. I am seriously considering we should return to the pure form martini, to be solely named as such.
See, http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5058.... and do a search for "Cosmopolitan"
And, does anyone chuckle at Hemmingway's "Montgomery" libation in the writing link above also? Gee, I wonder why he named it that? Maybe for Elizabeth's father who was his contemporary in the entertainment field? http://www.leninimports.com/robert_mo...
If you're one that learned in the 60's-70's, "martini" can also mean 'space cadet' to many. The first "nick" or "notch" was made when one was given the choice of dry or sweet vermouth and another when given the choice of gin or vodka.
Incidently, the "sugar pop" so called martini cocktail i posted is not really a martini just because it is served in a martini cocktail glass. But, it's on the bandwagon. However, it also tastes really good when served in a spherical, weighted bottom glass or an frosted and etched iced tea glass. Not good in an Anchor Hawking, though.
It's made with 1-1/2 oz. gin or vodka, dolloped with 4 oz. fresh orange juice, hit with 1 part kahlua, and a splash of grenadine, shaken, not stirred. I don't recall the original from my college days, but it's good. To my current knowledge, it's not in any bar guide.
No, the glass is called a cocktail glass, and the drink made from gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a twist is a martini. Since the martini is the most popular drink served in that glass, and the image of a martini in said glass has become iconic, it is popularly referred to as a martini glass. Point being, not every cocktail served in the glass a martini is served in is a "martini" just because it is served in the same shape of glass as that drink.
re: Caitlin McGrath
Right - just like the situation with rocks glasses. Just because it's commonly referred to as a DOF - "double old-fashioned" - doesn't mean that's all one can drink from them;I have seen rocks Martinis drunk from DOFs.
DOF, highball, and cocktail glass are the usual terms for bar glassware.
At some point, the purists lose. The meaning of words can evolve over time, and at this point, I think the culture has effectively co-opted the term "martini" to mean any vodka-based cocktail that's served in a martini glass. I know it bothers some people, but once specific monikers morph into general terms, it's a losing battle. See, for example, band-aid, kleenex, aspirin, jello and xerox.
I'm not a big fan of calling any cocktail served straight up a martini, but that's the direction the lexicon is going. Thankfully it doesn't look like the older term "cocktail" isn't going anywhere except looking outdated. I much prefer calling them cocktails, but no longer gripe about those who wish to be stylish and trendy, and call them martinis.
And if you want to get really technical, all the people who claim to be martini purists likely have never touched the original Martini, which dates all the way back to 1888:
Fill a large bar glass with ice, then add:
2 to 3 dashes simple syrup
2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters (a substitute for the now impossible to find Boker's Bitters)
1 dash of curacao or absinthe (optional)
Half a wineglass of Old Tom gin (gin with syrup added)
Half a wineglass of vermouth
Stir well, strain into a fancy cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon peel and either a cherry or olive.
--JK "If your cat has kittens in the oven, you don't call 'em biscuits" Grence
Please don't read this if you're concerned about the use of the word "martini" in anything other than an entirely proper sense. You'll just get yourself all worked up again.
My martini evening was a roaring success. Ok, picture a dozen or so middle aged women, most of whom are unacquainted with current lounge culture, drinking themselves silly with pastel coloured, um, (please whisper this, in case anyone is listening) martinis. I put out all the fixings for cosmopolitans, green apple martinis, espresso martinis (thanks to whomever posted that recipe on this board - they are fabulous), peach something-or-others, and my own invention: the Bluetini. Posted recipes on my sideboard and let everyone shake up their own. It was totally cool fun and I feel responsible for educating some women who would otherwise not know what to order in a bar.
Yes, a few friends drank classic dry martinis. They didn't laugh at us, either.