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!

Key Lime Pie Martini


Key lime on the branch.

Image via Wikipedia

Key limes are the pink flamingos of Florida food, and they are a celebrated part of local color. Key West, Florida, is famous for its fabulous key lime pie, one of America’s best-loved regional dishes. Every restaurant in the Florida Keys, and especially in the city of Key West, serves this wonderful pie. There seems to be a key lime pie for every palate, with many versions made throughout the region. This pie is considered the official pie of the Florida Keys. The key lime tree, which is native to Malaysia, probably first arrived in the Florida Keys in the 1500s with the Spanish. Key limes look like confused lemons, as they are smaller than a golf ball with yellow-green skin that is sometimes splotched with brown. They are also known as Mexican or West Indian limes. When a hurricane in 1926 wiped out the key lime plantations in South Florida, growers replanted with Persian limes, which are easier to pick and to transport. Today the key lime is almost a phantom and any remaining trees are only found in back yards and their fruit never leave the Florida Keys. Key limes are also grown for commercial use in the Miami area.
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Ciao Bella Gelato Key Lime Graham Ice Cream layered on bottom of martini glass
  • Ke Ke Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur – 3 oz
  • Triple Sec – 1 oz
  • Mix these ingredients together first, and pour into martini glass.
  • Graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top
  • Slice of lime on rim for garnish

It’s the perfect blend of a key lime flavor with graham cracker crust in martini liquid form.

The Shamrock – O – Tini, A sure favorite for St. Patrick’s Day!


New York Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Image by Kevin Coles via Flickr

We promised we were researching last night, and we did ~ late into the night ~ to come up with a few new recipes for St. Patrick’s for you.  Here’s one new drink for you to try out for St. Patrick’s day. You will need the following ingredients per drink:
  • Edy’s Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – 1 small scoop
  • Bailey’s Mint Chocolate – 1 oz
  • Godiva Chocolate infused with Chocolate – 1 oz
  • Ghirardelli Premium semi-sweet shaved chocolate – 1/8 tsp
  • Chopped fresh organic mint – take 4 mint leaves and one mint stem, arrange to look like a 4-leaf clover.

If you are serious about mint chocolate, this is a serious drink!