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Girlie martini recipes needed

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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.

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  1. 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
    The Creamsicle

    And, we made one up that tastes like an orange tootsie pop. Really!

    Ketel One
    fresh orange juice

    Link: http://www.theclubhouse.com/Costa_Mes...

    1. 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.

      Link: http://web.tampabay.rr.com/4martini/_...

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      1. re: PizzaFace

        HAHA! I'm laughing at your "revised" recipe! Funny.

        I like a girlie martini with some vodka/gin, grapefruit cocktail, grand marnier and a splash of lime. Drop an orange slice into the glass to garnish. Yum!

      2. i've been on a sidecar kick lately. not obnoxiously fruity & sweet, but easy to drink.

        1 1/2 oz. brandy
        3/4 oz. cointreau or triple sec
        splash sour mix (fresh squeezed juices are better)
        shake and strain in to a sugar rimmed martini glass. garnish with an orange.

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        1. re: rebs

          They have been my favorite cocktail for quite a log time. I prefer freshly squeezed juice in them.

        2. I bought some Lychee Liqueur at the LCBO and like to add that to vodka and finish with various tropical juices (Ceres brand) - passionfruit, mango, etc.

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          1. re: toronto gal

            Yes! I love lychee martinis because ...well I like them! Buy some canned Lychees and pop one into the glass, mayrbe add a little bit of simple syrup into the shaker with vodka. I also like gin martinis on the rocks with a lemon twist.

          2. mmmmm....Chocolate Martini!

            1 1/2 shots Godiva Chocolate liquer
            1 1/2 shots creme de cacao
            1/2 shot vodka
            2 1/2 shots half & half

            Pour into shaker with ice; shake; strain into chilled martini glasses.

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            1. re: Val

              a variation -- i steeped some cocoa nibs (1/4 per fifth) vanilla stoli i store in the freezer. it turns almost a pale pink. very intense.

              1. re: Val

                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.

                1. re: Val

                  My favorite version of a Chocolate Martini:

                  2:1 Stoli Vanil and Godiva, shaken; strain into martini glasses over a few semi-sweet chocolate chips.

                2. 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.

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                  1. re: Funwithfood

                    You can also swirl a little caramel sauce in the glass first.

                  2. 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:

                    Pink Lady
                    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.

                      1. ....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.

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                        1. re: peg

                          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.

                          Link: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5058....

                          1. re: peg

                            Whoa - take it easy! Ok, these are not martinis! Fine! Can I still use my pretty martini glasses or will the martini police hunt me down?

                            1. re: Nyleve

                              Sure. You can go ahead and mix Kahlua, vodka, and cream, shake it up in a shaker, and strain it into a martini glass. Just make sure you call it a White Russian, ok?

                              1. re: peg

                                And if I don't? Bwah ha ha! (insert evil laugh here)

                              2. re: Nyleve
                                Caitlin McGrath

                                Ah, but those pretty glasses aren't actually martini glasses, they're properly called cocktail glasses! [g]

                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                  So the "authentic" martini people co-opted the cocktail in the first place?

                                  1. re: julesrules
                                    Caitlin McGrath

                                    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.

                                    1. 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.

                              3. re: peg

                                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.

                                Link: http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/...

                                1. re: peg
                                  JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                  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

                                2. 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.