Martini of the Month Club- Martini recipes for the Year

January – Baby it’s cold outsidemartini snow ball

Snowball Martini

2 ounces, fluid Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka

1 ounce, fluid Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 whole “ball” Of White Cotton Candy

Sugar Or White Non-perils, To Rim A Martini Glass

In a martini shaker filled with ice cubes, put in 2 shot glasses of whipped cream vodka and one shot glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Shake well.  Place the cotton candy in a martini glass rimmed with sugar or white non-perils. Strain the cocktail over the cotton candy, “melting” the snowball and infusing the cocktail with sweetness.

February is for Lovers

Rose Petal- Martini

1/2 cup watermartini rose petal

2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups vodka
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon rose water
ice cube
24 edible rose petals (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then stir in the vodka, lemon juice and rose water.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add one-fourth of the martini mixture and shake.  Strain into 2 martini glasses, garnish with rose petals and serve.

March– Happy St. Patty Day Month, here is an Irish Martini

Irish Martini

The Irish Martini is a simple version of the Martini. The ingredient that makes it Irish and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties is Irish whiskey and in this case that small amount makes a big difference, adding substance, color and flavor to the profile of its far more popularmartini3m predecessor.

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz Irish whiskey

green food color

lemon twist for garnish

Pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass.  Swirl around the glass in order to coat the inside.  Drain the excess whiskey.  Pour the vodka, 2 drops of green food color and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice.  Shake well.  Strain into the cocktail glass.  Garnish with the lemon twist.

April – No one likes it but next to death it is the only thing guaranteed to happen

Income Tax Martini

That dreaded yearly task is done and you finally know how much money you are either getting back or handing over. That’s right, you have completed your income taxes! So whether you are on top of it and filed 3 months early, or one at the post office on April 15th, or an martini4accountant who has made it through one more tax season, sit back and enjoy this classic cocktail to celebrate your accomplishment.

2 ounces gin

1/4 ounce sweet vermouth

1/4 ounce dry vermouth

1 oz orange juice

Angostura bitters to taste

Orange twist for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the orange twist.

May is the Month of Cinco De Mayo so enjoy The best of both worlds, this flavorful margarita-martini concoction has elements of both popular drinks.

Cuervo Especial Pomegranate Margarita Martinimartini 5

1 1/2 ounce(s) Cuervo Especial Gold

3 ounce(s) Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix

2 ounce(s) pomegranate juice

1 piece(s) lime wheel

1 tablespoon(s) salt

Combine Cuervo Especial Gold, Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with salt (optional).  Garnish with lime or lemon wheel.

June- Let the Summer time fun begin with this Blow Pop Martini

Blow Pop Martini

2/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and strained to remove solidsmartini blow pop
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/2 cup bubble-gum flavored vodka
4 tbsp sour apple, sour watermelon or berry blue sour liqueur
12  small lollipops, unwrapped, for garnish if desired

Combine liquid ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.  Refrigerate until serving time.  To serve, pour into martini glasses.  Immediately before serving, garnish each glass with a lollipop, if desired.

July– Happy 4th of July, why not celebrate with this tasty and beautiful cocktail?

Fire Cracker Martinimartini7

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
1/2 ounce prepared sweet-and-sour mix
1 dash grenadine

Mix all ingredients except grenadine in shaker and chill then pour into a martini glass. Add grenadine and it will sink to bottom.

August can be Hot Hot Hot and a perfect time for this Tropical Delight

Key Lime Pie Martini

1 1/2 ounce(s) Ketel One Citroen Vodkamartini8

1 ounce(s) key lime pie syrup

1/4 ounce(s) limoncello

1 squeeze fresh lime juice

1 splash(es) half-and-half

1 piece(s) graham cracker

1 piece(s) lime wheel

Shake all ingredients through the half-and-half with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Serve straight up in a crushed graham cracker–rimmed martini glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

September -Camping Season is gearing up and what says camping more than S’Mores

S’More Martini

1 1/2 ounce(s) Maker’s Mark Bourbonmartini 9

1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps

1 ounce(s) Godiva chocolate

Dash of cream

Marshmallow Fluff, for rimming the glass

Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass

Coat the rim of a martini glass with Marshmallow Fluff.You may need to add some water to the Marshmallow Fluff in order to get the consistency to coat the rim. Once rim is coated with Marshmallow Fluff (or better yet exposed a couple medium marshmallows over and open flame to roast them) coat the rim once again with graham cracker crumbs.  Add all liquor and cream into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously before pouring into decorated martini glass.

October is the season of Ghosts and Goblins and of course this

Bloody Vampire Kiss Martini

Take a French Martini, cross it with a Vampire, ditch the juice and add a splash of bubbly and you have given birth to a Vampire Kiss Martini. The taste of the drink itself is anything but scary, it’s actually very elegant and something that would work not only forHalloween, but for Valentine’s Day or any Champagne-worthy occasion. For it’s intended holiday, it is perfect because the Chambord gives it a dark, almost black color.vampire

The rim on this cocktail is a little devious because the courtesy image suggests a syrup that drips along the edge while the written recipe indicates the standard sugar rim, which would be crystalline. If you want the syrupy look: drizzle a thin stream of grenadine (or a similar red syrup) on the inside of the rim of the glass. Practice and use frozen glasses for the best visual results.

1 1/2 oz Finlandia Vodka

1 1/2 oz Korbel Champagne

3/4 oz Chambord black raspberry liqueur

Red sugar for rimming

Rim the glass with red sugar (use food coloring) or drop in a set of wax vampire teeth for a real surprise.  Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass.  Top with Champagne.  Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

November kicks off the major Holiday Season with Thanksgiving, what better flavor to add to the celebration than pumpkin.

Pumpkin Martini

The Pumpkin Martini has long been a favorite cocktail for fall. Although it has recently become difficult(nearly impossible) to find pumpkin schnapps or any pumpkin liqueur. Until another pumpkin liqueur comes on the market again you can substitute pumpkin spice syrup martini10or pumpkin puree. You might also want to check out the Pumpkin Spice Martini, thePumpkin Divine or the Calabatini.

1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur

2 oz vanilla vodka

1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup

1 tsp whipped cream

Cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.  Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.  Shake again.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

December– Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas

Candy Cane Martinicandycanemartini
1 tablespoon (or so) crushed candy canes
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces vodka
1 miniature candy cane

Wet the rim of a martini glass. Place candy cane bits onto a saucer and dip martini glass rim into the crushed candy canes. Add vanilla vodka and vodka into a martini shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain martini into the candy cane rimmed martini glass. Garnish with the miniature candy cane.

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