Roll with the Punches with the Cinnamon Roll Martini


Frosted cinnamon roll buns.

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Okay, we say this every week. BUT, the Cinnamon Roll Martini is really, truly the favorite drink of the Martini Maidens. I had no idea, however, that people had so many opinions on what makes a good cinnamon roll. Some people like theirs simple and sweet – yeast dough, with a cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of butter. You know, Paula Deen-style! Others throw in raisins, chopped grapes, maybe pour a cup or two of confectioner’s sugar for icing (nah, I’m not exaggerating!), or some type of glaze. Wikipedia says it is not to be confused with the Danish pastry or the Honey Bun. Ok by me, I just know I love a yummy, slightly undercooked cinnamon roll every once in a while when I’m feeling reckless with abandon about my calorie counting.

Why the elaborate discussion about the varieties of cinnamon rolls? When we post a recipe that we name as a Martini Maiden recipe, we have created it ourselves. There might be several other varieties out there. Yea for variety! This is ours, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

So here we go with instructions. . .

Mix together:

2 oz DeKuyper Buttershots

2 oz Bailey’s Original Irish Cream

1 oz DeKuyper Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps

1 oz Smirnoff Premium Triple Distilled Vodka

Shake together gently and serve in a chilled Martini glass.

Garnish with cinnamon square candy. If this is not one of the smoothest drinks you have this week, we have an offer for you – let us know what you have found that is! We love hearing from you. As a plug, you can always find us on Twitter or our new Facebook page also. Enjoy!

What’s going on in Phoenix?


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We have a few ideas for you. . .

Royal Wedding Watch Parties


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We posted an article earlier about some peoples’ recommendations on cocktails to serve for the Royal Wedding this Friday, April 29th. In that article, I included a link that had tips for hosting your own Royal Wedding Watch Party  (included in the link above). Little did I know, mired in family activities and computer writing, that the nation had this planned for months before me. Of course, you knew that. Since we write articles about events going on across the country each week, it was a natural to write about locations where they are having a Royal Wedding Watch Party. Some of the links I have posted below are for specific restaurants. Others are for cities, and will list several options for you. We will keep looking throughout the week for more for you, so check back if your city isn’t listed. If you know of one in your city, please contact us so we can share it with others!

If you aren’t available to watch the wedding on Friday, you can actually watch it early. : )

Here is a clip from the rehearsal for the ceremony.

Be Mine Forever Cocktail


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We have been busy, busy, busy making changes to our site. If you have visited in the past and feel a little lost, feel free to ask us where your favorite things are.  One thing we are adding is others’ cocktail recipes to try. We promise this is in addition to what we are already doing – creating our own Martini Maiden recipes, writing about events near you, great restaurants to try, and of course. . . tweeting to keep you updated on everything.  These are still found on the right-hand side of our site – I get directionally challenged. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!

Today’s drink we want to show you is named the ‘Be Mine Forever’ cocktail. Get out your shaker for this one. This is a win, win, win, win blog for you because there are actually four recipes included in this post. We just felt like trying something healthy. Hope you enjoy this or one of the other three posted in the suggested recipe we have linked for you.

Be Mine Forever Cocktail . . . or at least for tonight

A Royal Wedding this week?


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Okay, who is getting up to watch the wedding. The Wedding. The wedding predicted so many times, has succumbed to break-ups and make-ups, and every tale possible for years in the making. Yes, there is an official website. No, I didn’t know this before I began this article. (It includes a countdown clock down to the second for the die-hard royals fan.) But I probably will get up to watch the wedding. That means so will you. Why? I have no intention of being up so early all by myself! So let’s make this a planned event, and have a cocktail ready in advance to toast to the Royal Couple!!

Naturally there are nearly as many reports of the official cocktail for the wedding. As an early toast to the couple, we would like to offer a few suggestions on what others are saying about a recommended cocktail for the wedding. Yes, That Wedding. There are many more available. You just might see one from us. This is a nice start if you want to have a toast to the Royal couple, or if you are hosting a party and were looking for the Royal Wedding Punch. We even included a link at the end with tips for hosting a Royal Wedding Watch Party. Raise your glass to the bride and groom in a toast with us on Friday!

Restaurant Rights and Reviews


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Zagat’s posted an article that struck such a chord with me. Every word rang true. Please. . . consider this link. Let me say upfront I am not in the restaurant business. I’m not an owner; I’ve never waited a table in my life. I would make the world’s worst waitress, hands-down. I love bargains like Groupon, which is mentioned. I just like treating others the way I like being treated.

I write the article because we tweet a lot about great restaurants to visit, new restaurants to visit, and some great recipes we find. There were some great reminders for me (one of the Martini Maidens), and may refresh your expectations some, also. Please and thank you, with a little patience? They are always in style. Bon Appetit!

On that note, here are some other great restaurants to check out across the country this weekend. We have tweeted about many, and will continue to do so. This is a short list. We will be updating it with more. Let us know if you have one to add, also!


Cocktails and Calories


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We have a continual dilemma when we are making a new drink. We are very conscious of the calories contained in any drink, yet the truth is that most high-calorie drinks. . . well, a lot of them just taste better! That’s not a coincidence.  For example, one of our favorite additions in a drink is a liqueur. They are generally flavored with fruits, creams, or other items, and have sugar added also. Just for the record, we are not going to stop recommending them in some of our drinks. Everything in moderation.

Another think that drives up the calories is the content of the alcohol you are using. For example, 80-proof vodka has 64 calories per 1oz. Going to the other extreme, 100-proof vodka, which is 50% alcohol has 82 calories per 1 oz.

So what ingredients can you look for in a cocktail or martini that will increase its likelihood of being lower-calorie? Here’s a list of some items to look for:

  • Lemon or lime juice – 1/2 oz: 10 calories
  • DaVinci or Torani’s sugar-free syrups: 0
  • Orange juice 6 oz: 84 calories
  • Cranberry juice cocktail 8 oz: 136 calories
  • Light orange juice 8 oz: 50 calories
  • Light cranberry juice 8 oz: 40 calories
  • Light lemonade 8 oz: 5 calories

The good news? A standard martini has 160 calories (2.5 oz). A Green apple martini? 148 calories for 1 oz of vodka, sour apple, and apple juice.

A few other tips include adding stevia to a drink to sweeten it up. Always drink responsibly by drinking slowly and not more than you should. Also, have a glass of water between drinks.

Here are a few links that provide calorie information on what you are drinking tonight.

Calorie information by type of alcohol