Tag Archives: martini

watermelon martini :: friday at five

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1 cup strained sweet, fresh watermelon juice
1/2 cup good vodka
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
Sugar to rim the glasses
Watermelon slices for garnish


Sugar coat martini glass rims. A quick shake of ice, watermelon juice, vodka and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glasses. Garnish with lime slice.

{image via}

friday at five :: quetzal cocktail



  • 1.5 oz Zacapa 23 Rum
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz Fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon Grade-A maple syrup

Garnish: Pineapple leaf  Glass: Martini


Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a piece of pineapple leaf.


friday at five :: irish blonde


  • 2 oz Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
  • .75 oz Orange Curaçao
  • .25 oz La Ina Fino Sherry
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters

Garnish: Flamed orange peel

Glass: Martini


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

{recipe and image via Liquor, contributed by Dale DeGroff}

friday at five :: the pink valentine

Just in time for Valentine’s week.


  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz Plymouth Navy Strength Gin (or regular Plymouth Gin)
  • Glass: Cocktail


Add the bitters to a cocktail glass, roll to coat the inside and discard any excess. Add the gin, and fill with ice if desired.

{via Liquor, Contributed by Simon Ford}

dirty martini :: saturday at five

I missed my Friday post … I’m sure it was on account of a couple of these little rascals …

Photo by: Allrecipes

175ml vodka
1 dash dry vermouth
1 tablespoon brine from olive jar
4 stuffed green olives

In a mixing glass, combine vodka, dry vermouth, brine and olives. Pour into a glass over ice. Either drink on the rocks, or strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

{photo via: Allrecipes, recipe via Search Amelia}

friday at five :: rose hip martini


2 fl oz / 60ml vodka
3/4 fl oz / 22ml white creme de cacao
3/4 fl oz / 22ml lychee liqueur
Dash of grenadine syrup
Rose petal for garnish

Add the ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, white creme de cacao, lychee liqueur and grenadine to the cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a single rose petal. Let the rose petal delicately float on the surface of the drink. Serve.

friday at five {sage lady}


  • 1 1/2 parts Absolut Mango Vodka
  • 2-3 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part Cointreau
  • dash of peach bitters


  1. Muddle cucumber, simple syrup and sage.
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Fine strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a ‘spanked’ sage leaf.

friday at five :: pear martini



Cheers to all the hard work accomplished over the last week. Hear hear.


  • 1.5 oz Pear Vodka
  • 1.5 oz St-Germain Liqueur
  • .75 oz Fresh lime juice
  • Dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Pear slice

Glass: Coup or martini


Combine the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coup or martini glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

lavender martini :: friday at five

I had the most spectacular lavender martini last night

at a fun little place called Shuga’s.

I found this recipe from Queensland Homes.

  • 2-3 lavender sprigs
  • 5 ml Parfait Amour
  • 5 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 60 ml Bombay Sapphire Gin *

Bruise one sprig of lavender in a bostonglass with

a muddling stick. Fill with ice and add parfait amour,

vermouth, and gin. Stir and strain into chilled martini

glass, garnish with a lavender sprig* or other quality gin,

such as Martin Miller’s or Tanqueray.

April Fool’s Martini :: Friday at Five

A riddle: When is an Apple Martini not an Apple Martini?

The answer: Today.

In honor of April Fool’s Day Aisha Sharpe was challenged  to come up with a cocktail that tricks both the eye and the palate. No matter how many times you read the recipe, when you see her Apple Fool’s Martini you expect to taste a cloying sweet Apple Martini. But her drink—which calls for tequila, Chartreuse, ruby red grapefruit juice and basil—is distinctly herbal with a spicy and tart kick. Simply tricky. {via}

Happy Friday everyone.


  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 5 Basil leaves
  • 1 oz Ruby red grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz Lime juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Garnish: Thin apple slice or maraschino cherry
  • Glass: Martini


In a shaker muddle the simple syrup and basil leaves. Add the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a thin apple slice or a maraschino cherry.

Contributed by: Aisha Sharpe




red sun in the morn

This blackbird has me captivated. A new piece for the end of the week. A papier collé, 19″ x 19″ framed.

Friday at Five: The Mar-Tea-Nez

1 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
1 oz Dubonnet
.15 oz Maraschino liqueur
Dash Angostura bitters
Dash Peychaud’s bitters
Earl Grey tea bag
Garnish: Cherry
Glass: Martini or Small tea cup
Infuse the gin with a teabag. Add other ingredients and ice in a chilled martini glass or small tea cup. Stir. Garnish with a cherry.

(via Liquor.com, Charles Vexenat)

dried apricot martini


  • 2 oz Chopin Vodka
  • 5 Dried apricots
  • .5 oz Crème de Peche
  • Dash simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • Dash lemon bitters

garnish: Dried apricot

preparation: Muddle the apricots and simple syrup in a shaker. Add the Crème de Peche, Chopin Vodka, bitters and ice. Shake and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a dried apricot.