Thursday, July 03, 2008

Firecracker Martinis & Christmas!

I know your probably wondering what the heck do martini's and Christmas have to do with art?!? Actually thinking about it martinis and art sound like it could be a good match...surely your creative muse would be flyin' free of that inner critic!
July's a good time to start thinking about Christmas...ack did I really say the "C"word!? I know, I know it's hard to think about that, but seriously if you start now on making some of those gifts you have in the back of your mind you won't be so stressed as it gets closer. Below is a calendar page I created from a blank calendar. A friend and I collaborated on a Martini themed calendar for a mutual friend of ours. This would make a great gift idea, you can use stamps, paints, paper, even digital art to create your mini works of art for each month. They measure open 6"w x 12" L and come spiral bound and are made from lightweight card stock.
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I've posted the recipe below the image just in
case you don't have super vision and can't read the recipe.
Coo Coo Firecracker

Cucumber and peppers create a curious mix of heat and smooth cool. This drink was inspired by a visit to a restaurant in New Mexico. The service was poor, but the food was amazing--and I noticed that they used cucumbers in their water glasses instead of the usual lemon slice. This recipe takes a day to prepare, so be patient.

1 medium cucumber, sliced.
10 ounces of Absolut Peppar.
1 Serrano chili pepper.
6 pimento stuffed green olives.

The mix
Put your cucumber into a glass pitcher full of water and allow it to steep in your refrigerator over night. In the morning, pour your cucumber infused water into a few ice trays and pop them in the freezer. When your cucumber water is frozen, fill a martini shaker 3/4 cracked cubes. Pour your frozen vodka into the shaker and let it sit for a full two minutes. Cut your Serrano pepper in half and rub one half around the inside of the bowl of two frozen martini glasses. Lid your shaker and shake like crazy for a minute. Strain your elixir into your glasses. Float a cucumber slice on each drink. I cant help but suggesting that you listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers as you enjoy your martini.

Christmas Martini Recipes!

I've had a lot of hits because of this title all looking for Christmas Martinis so I thought I'd add a couple of recipes for you looky-loos :-)

White Blizzard Chocolate Martini

This white chocolate martini recipe will keep you warm by the fire. Add in a bit of romance and a furry rug...
4 ounces of Absolut Vanil vodka
1 ounce of clear Creme de Cacao
2 ounce of Godet White Chocolate liqueur
1 teaspoon of coconut flakes
2 freezing martini glasses
The mix
Add the vodka to a shaker half full of cracked ice.
Shake vigorously for a full minute.
Add the white chocolate liqueur, and Creme de Cacao.
Swirl the shaker for another full minute, and then let it rest for a minute.
Strain your martini into the freezing martini glasses.
Each glass gets half of the coconut flakes.
Stir each martini gently to start the blizzard!


Mint Patty Martini

Hubby loves peppermint and chocolate so it's the perfect combination!

3 ounces of freezing Absolut Pepar vodka
2 ounces of White Creme de Menthe
1 tablespoon of Peppermint Schnapps
1 ounce of Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 Starlight mint
2 freezing martini glasses
The mix
Add your vodka, Creme de Menthe, and Starlight mint to a cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice and let the shaker stand for a minute.
Give ten good shakes, and add your Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and give another fifteen shakes.
Strain your cocktail into the martini glasses.
Top each glass with half of the Peppermint Schnapps.


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  1. Let me know when you'll be serving these and I'll bring the munchies :)
    Happy Fourth! Stay safe and insane.

  2. Well, I'm certainly not ready to think about Christmas, but the calendar is a great gift idea and this is a great looking page.


  3. Hmmm...martini calendar for a friend! Who could that be. I'll take a wee taste of the martini!

  4. What a great idea. This is a gift they would use every day.

  5. What a fabulous gift idea! I know, I hate to think about Christmas this early too, but it really is smart to ty to get a jump start on holiday gifts early. :-)