Some of our favorite Maiden Martini recipes!


Vodka Martini

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We posted the Cinnamon Roll Martini most recently, which we heard many of you have already enjoyed. Others you might like include:

The Kryptonite Martini

The Shamrock O’ Tini

Espresso Triple Sec Martini

The Jelly Fish Martini

Roll with the Punches with the Cinnamon Roll Martini


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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!

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!


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!

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!

Mint Julep Martinis for the Derby?


We love following events in all the cities we can possibly catch (an impossible task, but we give it our best). We ‘cuss and discuss regularly what we will have for our next featured drink. So the question arose naturally.  The Kentucky Derby and the classic Mint Julep. Do we dare tempt fate with suggesting this drink as a martini? We do stretch the boundaries with our recipes – and we’re perfectly fine with that. We aren’t sloppy with our drinking, but we can be very laid-back about the ‘rules’ when it comes to what is acceptable for a martini. Oh, the dilemma where we now find ourselves! To stay with tradition. . . or not? (I hear music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ playing as I write this.)

So we offer a happy medium for now as we ponder this massive decision before us. Someone else’s musings on a Mint Julep Martini.

Emeril has a recipe as well, which eased our troubled minds much more. . .

We found a third recipe highly rated. . .

So where does that leave us with the Kentucky Derby coming in just a few weeks? The conflict is swelling and stirring even deeper inside now, as you can imagine. (If you don’t get our sense of humor by now, it’s probably time to move to another site about martinis. . . )

We leave you with that, and the Official Site of the Kentucky Derby for now.

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!

What is going on in your area this weekend?


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Probably a lot, if you are like all the other cities we have written about this week! We’ve written in one week about Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston, and Bloomington, IN. Much more going on with some beautiful weather planned across the south and west, Passover beginning, and it just being the time of year when things are heating up with activities.

We will be busy reweeting as many activities as we can, so always check on our blog for your area. Let us know what’s going on in your area, as we love promoting great things to do! You can reach us on this blog, by twitter, or facebook.

If you are staying in this weekend, be sure to try one of our Martini specials. How about our Espresso Triple Sec Martini. We are redoing the site soon so they are easier to find because we’ve added so many.

Thanks for all the visitors this week. We appreciate your comments as well. Have a great weekend!

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!

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?