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

Royal Weddings, Martinis, The Space Shuttle Endeavor, and More!


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Check out all the posts we’ve added this week for events, martinis, cocktails, and events from across the US all the way to England!

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!

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

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!

Chill Out! Chill your Glass before Serving that Martini


I always enjoy cocktails and martinis at home with family or friends. We are casual, relaxed, just out to enjoy the evening. We don’t get caught up in following all the procedures that we would expect when out at a bar or restaurant. One night, the two Martini Maidens were out to test some others’ fine martinis. It made us realize something we wanted to pass along, because we had gotten too lax at home on one crucial step to making your own cocktail or martini: chill the glass. The difference it makes is like drinking a PBR versus a Samuel Adams. It’s like eating my cooking instead of Emeril’s or Rachael Ray’s. Take my word on that. You haven’t seen me on my own cooking show. . . have you?

The great news is that this is so easy to do, you will take the time after reading this (if you don’t already). You need just a few items to get started:

  • The glass, whether it is a martini glass, highball, or cocktail glass
  • Water
  • A freezer, refrigerator, or ice bucket (in that order, ideally)

If you have a freezer with the room available, entertain your guests with hors d’oeuvres while you complete the steps. Otherwise, you will need to prepare a few hours in advance.

  • First, rinse the glass with extremely cold water. Be sure the entire glass is wet, but shake off any excess water. If you have a freezer, leave the glass in for at least 10 minutes.
  • If you prepare in a refrigerator, you can speed the process by also filling the glass to the rim with ice cubes. It is not as effective, but is better than serving in a glass that is at room-temperature. If possible, prepare this up to several hours in advance.
  • Your third option is to use an ice bucket or similar product to chill the glasses. Be very careful if you choose this option, as it can make the glass more fragile and prone to breakage.

Once you are ready to serve your drink, remove the glass and serve your drink into the chilled glass immediately. 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!

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?