Cupcake-infused Vodka?


Day 213/365: Cupcake Vineyards

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For a different type of cocktail, you might try this new product of Cupcake-infused Vodka  just released.  It is produced by Underdog Wine & Spirits, which also makes Cupcake Vineyard wines.  The vodka comes in four flavors-  Chiffon, Frosting, Devil’s Food and their original.

The new vodkas released offer  hints of cupcakes such as lemon-flavored, vanilla flavored that will remind you frosting, and chocolate.  The original is regular vodka with “creamy undertones” according to the manufacturer. Enjoy!

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A face lift? Sort of. . .


We appreciate your patience as we have grown so much more rapidly than we imagined in such a short time! We are literally busting at the seams with this site, and want each visit you have here to be an exceptional experience. Bear with us as we work on some makeovers over the course of the next days and weeks.

If you have questions about where some of your favorite things are now located – or have suggestions on where you would like some things located – let us know. We LOVE feedback!

We are going to make it easier for you to find the Martini recipes we have created, as well as other Martini articles we have written, so you are not hunting through the entire blog to find them.

Thank you again, and in the meantime. . . take time to enjoy a nice martini!

Espresso Triple Sec Martini


Ghirardelli Square, in San Francisco, California.

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If you are feeling the pressure and stress of completing your taxes, we have the perfect solution for you. We have created our very own Espresso Triple Sec Martini that is guaranteed to make things a lot more enjoyable while you work on the last-minute details before Tax Day. Maybe you are staying up late to get the last documents to your accountant’s office. Feeling the stress because you are wondering how to pay for that last bill?Perhaps you are the accountant, and cannot wait for this season to end. . . because of all the rest of us!

We created the Espresso Triple Sec Martini for each of you, and for those who love Espresso Martinis. We looked at a lot of recipes. We wanted to offer something with a little different flavor than what we had found, and wouldn’t give up until we were satisfied with the perfect blend.

Here is how we make our Espresso Triple Sec Martini:

  • Stirrings Espresso Liqueur – 1.5 oz (136 calories)
  • Godiva Chocolate Liqueur – 1.5 oz  (156 calories)
  • Stirrings Orange Triple Sec – 1.5 oz (111 calories)
  • Heavy Cream, to taste (45 calories per tablespoon)

We prepared this drink by gently shaking it to make sure the ingredients were thoroughly mixed. It is important to prepare your Martini glass in advance to enjoy it to its fullest. Be sure the glass has been properly chilled for several hours to best enhance the flavor.

Top it with a nice piece of Ghirardelli or Bailey’s Chocolate on the side for a drink that is sure to help you relax and unwind, with a nice treat at the end! And don’t forget. . . you have until April 18 to file this year. Enjoy!

So you haven’t had a Dirty Martini? We have some thoughts for you


We posted a few days ago about the Dirty Martini and its popularity. As mentioned, it was the very first martini I ever had. After some discussion with friends, we discovered that some people haven’t had one, or are interested in a few recipes. There is a standard recipe, but with everything in life, people like to throw in their opinions and make some variations! We are not the IBA, so we are going to throw out some thoughts for you who are interested. (NO disrespect to this fine organization!!)

Our previous article, noted above, lists the ingredients and requirements for a Dirty Martini per the IBA (International Bartenders Association).  Here are some links to others’ versions, which may look strikingly similar. Or not. If you like to be strict with your version of the Dirty Martini, definitely go with the original recipe. Otherwise, enjoy a few options below. No matter what, enjoy a nice Martini this evening. Relax and enjoy your weekend with friends or family. That”s what we have on our agenda!

All Recipes version

About.Com – includes a video

Epicurious.com

Dirty Cajun Martini

Dirty Horniti

Dirty Martini with Bleu Cheese Olives

The Color-Changing Martini

The French Martini

So. . . the Purists of the Dry Martini are offended by now. And that’s okay. We wanted to make some options available that maybe you haven’t found yet for your list. Let us know which one you like best.  You can always email us at MartiniMaidens@yahoo.com, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We love hearing from you!

Texas BlueBonnet Martinis


Blueberry

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It’s been said countless times by now that no one saw some of these teams coming into the Final Four of the NCAA. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy some surprises occasionally. This tournament has brought out some teams that few expected. . . and we think you may be surprised by the martini we created in honor of Texas since they are hosting the Final Four in Houston.

One thing Texas is known for at this time of year is the Texas Bluebonnet.The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. These two things inspired us to create the ‘Texas Bluebonnet Martini’. Just like the song, ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas‘, this Martini is deep and rich. It looks dainty and sweet. Looks can be deceiving, so if you are in the mood for a strong, sipping Martini, you have come to the right place. Keep your eye on this one. . . we are making some changes for the others because we are sure this is one you will want to keep.

For the Texas Bluebonnet Martini, you will mix 2 parts Stirrings Triple Sec, 1 part Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth, and 2 parts UV Vodka. We have posted in the past the difference between a shaken and stirred Martini, which is your preference. Be certain to store the Triple Sec and Vodka in your freezer until ready to pour for the fullest flavor.  We added a hint of blue food coloring as well, for effect. Add a small number of fresh blueberries to the drink once mixing it, and pour into the drink. Garnish with 3 – 4 blueberries on the rim of the glass, and you have the sweet flavor of the blueberries with the unexpected deep flavors from the ingredients mixed together. One person who sampled our Texas Bluebonnet Martini added this comment, ‘It taught me to sip a fine Martini and not rushing right through it.’ Tell us what you think. We love to hear your opinion, via our blog, twitter, or join us on Facebook!

Looking for a new brand of Vodka to try?


Using only the finest ingredients combined with the best water on the planet, every bottle of Superfly Vodka is handmade, hand bottled and hand labeled at Superfly Distilling Company in Brookings, Oregon.

It takes nearly TEN pounds of wonderful russet Potatoes to make one bottle of Superfly Vodka. Their goal is to preserve the natural sweet and subtle flavors of the American Potato. Go ahead. . . give them a try. American entreneurship – it’s what makes this country great!

http://www.superflybooze.com/index.html

New products, new recipes on the way!


Look for some great new custom-created products coming out this week for all you martini lovers. We promise there will be something for everyone!

Also, we were up until the late hours last night creating new recipes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day for you. We will be posting the recipes so you will have plenty of time to get all the ingredients for your party or after-party, with photos that will make your mouth water!