Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tie One On Tuesday!

Hello faithful followers-know what time it is? That's right! It's martini time! It's really festive holiday martini time, but that's a little long so let's just go with martini time, shall we. Now that the holiday season is going in full force and you are planning the ultimate party-you need a nice signature drink-that's where the martini comes in handy.  Try these few to dazzle your guest.

The Snowman Twinkle Martini
1 ounce Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps
1/2 ounce of white rum-the stronger the better
2 teaspoons Kahlua coffee liqueur
Combine all ingredients in a shaker 3/4 full of cracked ice and shake, shake, shake!
Strain into 2 well chilled martini glasses and enjoy!

I don't know if this martini will make you twinkle but after a few , you will be zipping around the party thinking your light on your feet. Yippee!

I know, I know...don't quit my day job...okay onto another holiday favorite....

Let's get nuts Martini
(thanks to Ehow and ljbinkop)
Fill up your shaker with ice.
Add 3 oz. of vanilla vodka,
3 oz. Frangelica Liqueur
2 oz. half and half or milk.
Shake well and strain into chilled martini glasses.

This sounds so good to me.  Plus it  gives me a reason to go a little crazy. It's a win-win situation!

Another stop on our holiday martini train is a Gingersnap martini. It has a lot of ingredients but is really worth the work.
1 ounce  Vodka
2 ounces Amaretto
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce molasses
2  slices of fresh ginger
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of clove
pinch of allspice
crystallized ginger for garnish
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, place the ginger root, molasses,  simple syrup and spices and muddle  together (smash up real good)
Add ice and the rest of the ingredients.
Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with crystallized ginger.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot about the designated driver! They should definitely not go without a little bit of tasty fun. How about a Virgin Apple Martini? This sounds so yummy and would actually be a great breakfast/brunch mocktail.

Apple Martini Mocktail
2 ounces Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
1/2 ounce Granny Smith apple (chopped)
2 ounces lemon-lime soda
2 dashes cinnamon
1/2 cups crushed ice
Put ingredients in blender, add ice, blend. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with an apple wedge and serve.

Okay all you party goers and party havers-a few twist on the classic martini. These flavorful gems will surely get your party going and I'm betting a least one person will put a lampshade on their head.


* said...

i don't drink...but your cocktails always look so tasty.

when i did drink, i loved loved loved a good martini and i'm sure i had a few lampshades on my head back in the day.

laura said...

damn these sound good!

laura said...

damn these sound good!