The X-rated Flirtini


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It’s Friday! No, we aren’t going to break out in song with Rebecca Black about it being ‘Friday, Friday, Every day is Friday!’ We do love Friday, though. Who doesn’t? For most people, it’s the end of the week. The night you’ve waited for to relax with friends or family. Whether your plans are to go out for the evening or stay home and relax at home, we wanted to share one of our favorite recipes from a favorite blogger of ours. Here’s to Friday!

The X-rated Flirtini

You won’t get stung by this Jelly Fish Martini


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Many people love the beach. You might be planning a trip for your local beach, the Atlantic, Pacific Coast, or the Gulf Coast. Maybe somewhere tropical or beyond. We love the beach like most people. Once, our family was at a beach, enjoying the sunshine. Our toddler played innocently in the water while we soaked in the sun. Suddenly, a crisis hit. No, not a shark.  Jellyfish. He was stung multiple times. We knew nothing of the danger he was in, but a nurse nearby thankfully did. She kept us all calm while removing the stingers, then proceeded with the proper treatment. He was perfectly fine, and ready to go in a few hours.

April is when Jellyfish first begin showing up in waters, & are found in every ocean. Thankfully, not all species are toxic as we found. They did, however, inspire our latest drink.

The Martini Maidens were up one night creating another drink. This drink does not sting, and it sure isn’t toxic! However, when we finished with it, we looked at it and remarked that it looked just like a jellyfish in a martini glass. Hence, the Jellyfish Martini! We heard such comments from some of our taste-testers as ‘Every sip is different!’, ‘You could marinate something in that drink!’, and many more comments. ‘Wow!’ came back a lot. We’ll take that as a compliment!

To make this, you need to do mix the following: (Remember to chill the glass first)

  • 2 tbsp Red Pepper Jelly (we used Blue Willow Inn brand)
  • Dash of Chipotle Tabasco

Pour these into the bottom of your martini glass.

Then mix together:

  • Martini & Rossi Vermouth – 1 part
  • Million Vodka – 2 parts

Shake together and pour on top of the jelly/Tabasco mixture.

You can garnish with a jalapeno pepper or cube of cream cheese. Serve an abundance of chips and salsa or guacamole as a side dish, combined with great company, and you have taken the sting out of any rough day. Enjoy!

Seattle Restaurant Week is here!


If you live in the Sea Tac area or are visiting the Seattle area, there is  still time to catch some of Seattle Restaurant Week. Week Two runs from April 17 – 21.  For a great article on it, here are a few links for you:

That Martini looks so Dirrty!


You may wonder by now why we haven’t discussed the Dirty Martini. Good question, with a simple answer. The recipe can be found anywhere, it is likely the most common martini, and when we post a new drink it is always something that we honestly created ourselves.

However, there are some things worth mentioning about the Dirty Martini that we thought we would discuss for review.

It calls for gin and dry vermouth, with a five-to-one ratio of gin to vermouth, with a splash of olive juice added. The Martini then turns cloudy, hence making it turn ‘dirty’. The olive juice gives the dirty martini a unique and tasty flavor.

The fictional spy, James Bond, always asked for his vodka Martini to be “shaken not stirred”.  Noel Coward said the perfect martini should be made by “filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy”, meaning the less vermouth added to the gin the better the final drink.

The olive garnish is almost a universal standard, however.

My first martini was a Dirty Martini, with my father-in-law. I may be the only person who did not like a Dirty Martini, and he makes a mean drink. I said I would never have another martini in my life. Then I found The Algonquin, and the rest is history. . .

Everybody has a story with their Dirty Martini. What is yours?

The Masters Martini is Here!


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We did our research as promised, and this is what we learned about the favored drink for the Master’s Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The signature drink is the Azalea. We created our version, Martini-style! Be sure to check our recent post on how to properly shake a martini for details on this important step.

Shake together the following ingredients: 1 part pink lemonade 1 part canned pineapple juice 3 parts  Skyy Pineapple Vodka Enough Grenadine to color pink You can also add  in 2 parts heavy whipping cream for a creamier drink for a variety.

Again, shake with approximately 5 – 6 ice cubes per drink.  Garnish with a pineapple slice and 2 maraschino cherries on an extra-long golf tee – of course!

You can see the results of both martinis below. The martini on the left is without cream, and the martini on the right does contain the cream. You’ve been warned, though. . . This isn’t your mom’s Strawberry Quik!!

Shake that Martini!


Many cocktail recipes include the ingredients to be shaken using a cocktail shaker as part of the process. This is the most enjoyable and entertaining for you and your guests if you bring your guests in to watch. It really is a simple technique that  you can master quickly with just a few steps and a little practice. The result?  Your martinis and cocktails will be far more concentrated and cool. Exactly what you want for a great Martini!

  • You want to put the ice cubes into the shaker first. This causes the shaker to chill, and it cools the liquids as you add them.
  • We recommend 5-6 ice cubes per drink. However, if you are making two drinks at once use less ice to make room in the shaker.
  • You want to give the ingredients plenty of room to move around. It’s important to not overfill the shaker.
  • Slowly count to ten while shaking vigorously.
  • If a drink has multiple ingredients or ingredients that don’t naturally combine together easily, they will have to be shaken longer and harder this.
  • Have fun while you are shaking your drink! Turn on some music, and get in a rhythm. No music nearby? Well, that’s sad. Be creative, and hum while you shake to the beat.
  • If you are making a drink that includes fruit, it needs to be added later after the drink has been already shaken.

What do I need to make my own great Martini?

  1. Cocktail Shaker
  2. Ice Cubes
  3. Spirits, Liqueurs and Mixers as called for in the recipe
  4. Friends to share it with. Life is too great to spend it alone! Invite someone over for dinner and a drink. What are you waiting for?

The Kryptonite Martini has Come – and it’s as strong as Superman


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If you are ready for a Martini as strong as Kryptonite, we have created one just for you. We worked on this one a LOT – maybe too much for our own good! This is definitely a sipping martini.  We hope it doesn’t have the same effect on you that green kryptonite did on Clark Kent in the ‘Smallville’ series.

On the show, not only is green kryptonite harmful to Clark Kent, but it can produce bizarre changes in humans, animals, and plants, typically turning them into powerful metahuman menaces, commonly known by the inhabitants of Smallville as “Meteor Freaks,” that Clark must oppose. These changes seem to be linked to the circumstances under which the subject was exposed to kryptonite and the subject’s emotional state (similar to how gamma radiation affects people in the Marvel Comics universe). Groups of people have been shown to acquire the same powers from kryptonite by exposing themselves to it in the same manner. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

For your Kryptonite Martini, begin by filling the bottom of the Martini glass with a tablespoon of Cross & Blackwell  mint jelly. Follow that with equal parts of vodka, triple sec, and Godiva Chocolate Vodka.  If you like to have your martini shaken, be sure to check our blog on tips to help you. When finished, it will look like this!