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Blood Orange Martini

In Recipes on October 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Yield: 1 cocktail

3 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce triple sec or flavored orange liqueur

2 ounces blood orange juice

2 blood orange slices


Pour vodka, triple sec, and blood orange juice over ice in a shaker.  Shake well.  Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with blood orange slices.


Vodka Infusions

In Features on May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Forget buying flavored vodka off the shelf.  Get creative and make your own vodka infusions! It’s easy, budget-friendly and makes great cocktails or as ice-cold shots for a dinner toast! Here are some combination I like, but anything goes, try some of your own.

Vodka Infusion Recipes

Start with 4 cups of premium vodka.

Raspberry-Orange 12 ounces (3/4 pound) crushed raspberries; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) oranges, unpeeled and sliced.

Cucumber-Mint 16 ounces (1 pound) cucumber, sliced; 12-15 mint leaves.

Lemongrass-Grapefruit 2 stalks lemongrass, crushed; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) ruby-red grapefruit, unpeeled and sliced.

Pepper Medley 1 serrano pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/2 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/4 habanero pepper, stemmed and sliced.

To Make the Infusions

Combine the flavorings and vodka in a jar or empty vodka bottle.  Close the container tightly and let stand at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.  The more mild combinations like Cucumber-Mint will need a little more time than the powerful Pepper Medley. Strain the vodka and discard any solids.  If there are any small solids left in the vodka strain again through a coffee filter.  Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  The infused vodka will last for up to three months.

Cucumber Martini

In Recipes on April 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Yield: 1 cocktail

2 oz. vodka (Grey Goose)

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

2 slices Cucumber

3 pieces Mint

1/2 oz. Sugar Syrup



Muddle mint and a cucumber slice in a cocktail shaker. Add liquids and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a fresh mint sprig.


5 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make

In Features on March 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

As mixology becomes increasingly popular there are some many new drinks and combinations to try.  However, the classics haven’t fallen out of fashion.  These 5 cocktails might be old but they are still good!  If you can master making these guys, you’ll be able to experiment on your own to make a million fun variations.


Makes 1 drink

1/4 cup fresh juice (orange, pomegranate, passion fruit, blood orange)

1/2 cup Champagne or sparkling wine (like Prosecco or Cava)

Pour the juice into a champagne flute and top off with Champagne.  Serve with fruit wedge.

For a variation – Use white peach juice to make a Bellini.  Or try combining two or three juices with the Champagne for a mix fruit flavor.  You could even try some variations with flavored liquor like St. Germain (elderflower liquor) or Creme de Cassis.


Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) dry gin or vodka

2 teaspoons dry vermouth


Lemon, lime or olive for garnish

Pour the gin or vodka and vermouth into a shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously.  Strain the liquor into a chilled martini glass and garnish.

Quick tip – The key to a good martini is not only good liquor but a well chilled glass.  Speed up the chilling process, put ice and cold water into the martini glass while you are making the martini.  Pour our before you strain the martini.

Bloody Mary

Makes 1 drinks

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good vodka

1/2 cup tomato juice

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)

1 shake of Tabasco (or to taste)


1 celery stalk

1 lemon wedge

Combine vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and Tabasco in a shaker.  Add 1 cup of ice.  Shake vigorously.  Pour into a glass with the ice.  Garnish with celery and lemon.  Add salt and pepper of desired.

Spice it up– For another twist, add a shrimp cocktail to the bloody mary or a piece of bacon.  You can really create a whole meal out of one of these guys.


Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good citrus vodka

2 tablespoons triple sec

2 tablespoons Rose’s lime juice or fresh squeezed

3 tablespoons cranberry juice



Combine vodka, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry and 1 cup of ice in a shaker.  Shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with the lime.


Margarita on the Rocks

Makes 1 drink

Salt for the rim (optional)

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good tequila (100% agave)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon Cointreau



Rub a lime wedge along the rim of your glass.  Pour salt on a small plate and dip the moistened glass rim into the salt.  Pour tequila, lime and Cointreau in a shaker with ice.  Pour into the salt-rimmed glass and serve right away.

A different way – This is probably one of the most versatile drinks out there.  To make this frozen, simply combine all the ingredients in a blender with lots of ice.  To try adding a little simple syrup for a sweeter flavor or swapping out the lime juice for peach, grapefruit or mango.

Cranberry Cosmo Punch

In Recipes on February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

This is a great recipe and open to interpretation.  Feel free to play with the ingredients – add some orange or lemon juice.

4 parts citrus vodka

4 parts sparkling water

2 parts triple sec or Cointreau

2 parts cranberry juice

1 part fresh lime juice


Mix everything together in a pitcher.  Add sparkling water as needed.  Serve with slices of limes.

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