Saturday, February 27, 2010

Summer Drinks? Recipe: Drinks

I can so do summer drinks all year round. In fact, having this Key Lime Martini got me thinking that sunshine is just around the corner.

I love a good martini. Vodka – no vermouth…OK, maybe a tincture drop.

I also like to try fun accents like blue cheese stuffed olives, pickles or blueberries. Remember the gumdrops that I did at Christmas? I also think that Uncle Dan’s pickled green beans would be really good in a Martini. Too bad I’ll have to do some more research on this.

Jon Estes, a friend of my sister Judys, perfected this Key Lime Martini recipe. Yes, this is my effort to keep the key lime message alive this winter. I tried this last night and it was soooooo Yummy!

Key Lime Martini

In a cocktail shaker with ice:

½ shot Licor 43

1 ½ shots vanilla vodka

2 shots half and half cream

½ shot key lime juice

3 squirts redi whip cream

Shake until frothy and strain into a graham cracker rimmed chilled glass.

This Chocolate Covered Raspberry is also a favorite that I will be making at the I Survived The Winter bash this weekend…

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Chocolate Covered Raspberry

Raspberry vodka

Vanilla vodka

Light Creme de Coco

Dark Creme de Coco

White chocolate liqueur (or cream)

Fresh raspberries

Chocolate syrup

Add ice to mixer. Pour raspberry vodka (2 count). Pour vanilla vodka (1 count). Add both light and dark Creme de Coco (3 count). Add a good splash of white chocolate liqueur. Add small splash of raspberry liqueur and shake.

Drizzle chocolate syrup in martini glass. Drop 1-3 fresh raspberries in glass and add more chocolate syrup. Pour mixture in glass.

This is another one of my favorites. I could so get hooked on these. Orange sherbet makes the recipe and of course the vanilla ice cream tops this out. I have to stop at one because I can really get addicted to these!

Orange Sherbet Freeze

1-1/2 oz. Grand Marnier

2-1/2 oz. vanilla-infused vodka (Stoli Vanilla)

2 1/2 cups of orange sherbet

1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

1 cup orange juice

1 dash vanilla extract

2 cups ice


Add all the ingredients in the blender, adding the ice last. Blend until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass of your choice.

Bon Appetit and Salud!