You won’t get stung by this Jelly Fish Martini


These jellyfish had washed up on Port Melbourn...

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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!

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Espresso Triple Sec Martini


Ghirardelli Square, in San Francisco, California.

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If you are feeling the pressure and stress of completing your taxes, we have the perfect solution for you. We have created our very own Espresso Triple Sec Martini that is guaranteed to make things a lot more enjoyable while you work on the last-minute details before Tax Day. Maybe you are staying up late to get the last documents to your accountant’s office. Feeling the stress because you are wondering how to pay for that last bill?Perhaps you are the accountant, and cannot wait for this season to end. . . because of all the rest of us!

We created the Espresso Triple Sec Martini for each of you, and for those who love Espresso Martinis. We looked at a lot of recipes. We wanted to offer something with a little different flavor than what we had found, and wouldn’t give up until we were satisfied with the perfect blend.

Here is how we make our Espresso Triple Sec Martini:

  • Stirrings Espresso Liqueur – 1.5 oz (136 calories)
  • Godiva Chocolate Liqueur – 1.5 oz  (156 calories)
  • Stirrings Orange Triple Sec – 1.5 oz (111 calories)
  • Heavy Cream, to taste (45 calories per tablespoon)

We prepared this drink by gently shaking it to make sure the ingredients were thoroughly mixed. It is important to prepare your Martini glass in advance to enjoy it to its fullest. Be sure the glass has been properly chilled for several hours to best enhance the flavor.

Top it with a nice piece of Ghirardelli or Bailey’s Chocolate on the side for a drink that is sure to help you relax and unwind, with a nice treat at the end! And don’t forget. . . you have until April 18 to file this year. Enjoy!

Gin Cantaloupe Martini with Organic Pink Peppercorns


Melon cantaloupe

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Try this recipe out that we found for a refreshing taste. Use the sweetest cantaloupe possible for the best results. Try making it with pureed cantaloupe for a big difference. Follow the link below for the ingredients needed, as well as a YouTube video on how to make this great Martini.  You will definitely want to enjoy this one with friends!

http://twitter.com/#!/exceptionalfood/status/53272818514796544

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


Kryptonite

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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!

Thinking Italian tonight? Here’s the perfect dessert to finish it with!


The Cooking Channel TV has done it again with a great recipe that is not only easy to make, but one you are sure to make again and again for dinner guests.  We’ve included a link to their recipe, as well as a link on the blog roll to their home page. . . because we believe a great Martini should be shared with great food!

http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2011/03/21/the-easiest-italian-dessert-youll-ever-make/

We love to hear your thoughts.  Comment away!

Squid, You Say?


The New York Times has this recipe just for you. Let us know what you think!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/dining/23appe.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimesdining&seid=auto

Spring Desserts you can’t resist!


Food & Wine comes through again with more great recipes that will  have all your friends asking for the recipe.  These incredible desserts–like this tender shortbread tart topped with basil custard and baked apricots–have us eager for spring: http://bit.ly/i19goD

Tell us about your favorite spring fruits that you love to bake!