Cherry Pie Martini

November 11th, 2010

And here's a tribute to an upcoming event. (A little early, but that's okay.)

On January 21st, 2011, the Landmark theater in Uptown will once again have a midnight showing of 3-D porn. In this case, it'll be Disco Dolls in Hot Skin. Starring old favorites like Johnny Holmes and Serena. That's right folks, step right up to experience Johnny Holmes blasting the first row seats with his money shot in amazing 3-D! My friend, Jessica, has been petitioning to get this back for a year now. And now it's happening.

Since our preemptive plan is to drink a lot and then see the show, I immediately thought of making a Cherry Pie Martini for the occasion. (Of course, right?!) So here it is...

Other Cherry Pie Martini's exist, but this is my version using the somewhat local Cherry Pie liquor from Madison, Wisconsin. Delish all on it's own. The dark Creme De Cacao makes the drink an even darker ruby red and makes it taste almost like one of those chocolate covered cherry candies.

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz Travis Hasse's Original Cherry Pie Liqueur
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Dark Creme de Cocao
  • 2 Maraschino cherries with stems

Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into the glass. Garnish with two cherries.

Wedding Cake Martini

November 11th, 2010

In a moment of inspiration, I came up with this slightly more alcoholic martini version of the classic shot. Licor 43 provides the orange flavor instead of the same amount of orange juice. The result tastes just a like a bite of the sweet white cake we've all had too much of.

(Pug statues added just for ambiance.) ;-)

  • 1 oz Premium Vodka
  • 3 oz Disaronno
  • 1/2 oz Licor 43
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • candy sprinkles

Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Add the liquid ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake until it sweats and strain into the glass. Garnish by floating candy sprinkles on the foam.

Homebrew Bar Crawl

April 20th, 2010

Too much time had passed between our silly adventures - so we commonly hosted a S. Mpls-Uptown bar crawl amongst all of us that live here. Good times and good friends!

Peek at the pics.


January 18th, 2010

After experimenting with self-infused ginger vodka, I decided to try the first bottle after two weeks of infusing. This recipe is straight out of the Yazi book that comes with the bottle when you buy it, but I've adjusted the quantities a bit to take advantage of the slightly lighter homemade ginger brew.

After straining the vodka infusion through a coffee filter, I refilled the Yazi bottle with my own vodka. Then I mixed up the typical Gingertini I'd grown to love according to the Yazi label directions. The other flavors ended up overpowering the ginger flavor. So for the next batch, I think I'll double the raw ginger for infusion, (and probably muddle them a bit). And as previously stated, I've adjusted the other liquors so the ginger vodka shines through. My second martini was much better. ;)

  • 3 oz Ginger-infused Vodka
  • 1 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • splash of Lime Juice
  • Slice of fresh ginger

Run the ginger slice around a martini glass edge. Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the ginger slice.

Strawberry Martini

November 13th, 2009

It's been a little while since I've played with my "chemistry set" and come up with a new concoction. A bottle of strawberry vodka from the liquor store got my creative juices running again though. :)

This strawberry martini is coupled with chocolate flavors that are pretty much hidden in the strawberry flavor, but really bring out the berry sweetness. Grapefruit juice is used to cut the sugar and provide a little color. It's absolutely delicious!

  • 4 oz Strawberry Vodka
  • 2 oz Clear Creme de Cocao
  • splash of Ruby Red grapefruit juice
  • few drops of Grenadine
  • white sugar
  • fresh strawberry

Slice the strawberry and run a slice around a martini glass edge. Rim the glass with sugar. Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

Moonage Daydream Martini

May 24th, 2009

While hanging out before the Rebel, Rebel show. Someone mentioned we have a David Bowie inspired martini called a Moonage Daydream. I quickly stepped in to suggest something with Blue Curacao for color and Godiva White Chocolate to make it creamy. Originally, I thought of using Coconut Rum as the base, but after getting home and experimenting with the chemistry set, I decided the coconut flavor with chocolate was too much like the Obama-tini. So I swapped it out for pineapple and the result was perfectly delicious and unique. Garnished with a small colorful fruit salad, I think the drink fits Bowie's persona just fine.

  • 5 oz Pineapple Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liquor
  • splash of Frangelico
  • drizzle of Grenadine

Shake all ingredients except the Grenadine with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small orange slice and a pineapple wedge with Maraschino cherry on a cocktail spear. Use a spoon or eye dropper to drizzle a lightning bolt shape with the Grenadine in the blue foam.

The Obamatini (aka, Chocolate Hawaiian Martini)

January 19th, 2009

Tomorrow is Obama's first day as President of the United States. It's the end of a bad era and the beginning of New Hope. To honor that, we'll be gathering with friends and watching the Inauguration saved via Tivo whilst sipping tasty drinks. I've created a new martini just for the occasion.

The Obamatini:

  • 2 oz Coconut Rum - Malibu or similar is fine.
  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Rum
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liquor - no substitute here. The Godiva gives the drink the creamy texture and color.
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao - I cut the Godiva with this to save on the cost a bit without losing the chocolate flavor.
  • Powdered Cocoa - Swiss Miss works nicely. :)

Shake all the liquors with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder and a Kit Kat stir stick. (A spear of maraschino cherries would do nicely as well.)

The inspiration for this martini comes from Obama's Hawaiian heritage. Adding chocolate tastes good with the tropical flavors and is an obvious choice for a drink named after our first black President. Careful when drinking these, it tastes like a chocolate piña colada and sneaks up on you quickly.

On that note -- good riddance, Bush! Your time is nigh.

Pomegranate Martini

January 2nd, 2009

In honor of the Big Lebowski party, I created a purple martini we now call the Quintanatini. Named after the purple Jesus in The Big Lebowski. It's a berry-licious concoction comprised of pomegranate and vanilla flavors.

  • 3 oz Vanilla Vodka - Absolut makes a fine one.
  • 2 oz Pama - pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 oz Pomogranate/Blueberry Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with fresh blueberries if you've have them.

Pear Martini

November 2nd, 2008

Seems like there're as many pear martini recipes as there are types of pears. I played around for a good part of the week trying various ways of consuming Absolut Pear vodka and here's my final cut:

  • 4 oz Pear Vodka - Absolut makes a fine one.
  • 1 oz Disaronno - don't even pretend that there's a different kind of amaretto
  • splash of grapefruit juice
  • juice from 1/2 a lime

Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a pear slice if you've got it, else a lime slice works fine.

I like these kinds of experiments, I'll have to come up with some other martini recipes so I can perfect them and drink all the "mistakes". ;) read more »

Conversion from Manfort to Lounge continues...

August 7th, 2008

Major progress on the lounge conversion here at the Manfort tonight as I install the new hanging glassware shelf. Thanks to an awesome birthday, I now have lotsa new beverage holders. :) And bar accoutrements.

A quick trip to Home Depot to pick up another shelf, some chain, and a few hooks and the hanging glassware shelf is complete. The hangers are from Fantes.