Archive for January, 2009

Congratulations, Mr. President

January 21, 2009

It took a little digging, but I managed to find this aptly named drink on the White on Rice Couple blog. This adorable twosome concocted a delicious sip by incorporating a few of the qualities of our 44th President: pineapple juice from his home in Hawaii, the brightness of lime, and the spice of chili to mirror his fire. Cheers, Mr. Obama!

The Obamatini
Courtesy of White on Rice Couple
2 oz. Gin
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/4 – 1/2 Serrano or Thai Chili
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Dash Angostura Bitters

Add ingredients into a shaker, crush the chili inside of the shaker. Add ice, then shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist, raise it to your dreams, and drink.


Blind Sippin’: Cointreau vs. Combier

January 10, 2009

With the new year I’m introducing a new feature to Martini Talk: Blind Sippin’, where I’ll be comparing well-known brands to innovative up-and-comers. The first installment? A blind tasting of two French orange liqueurs.

We all know Cointreau – a good cosmopolitan’s secret ingredient and preferred choice for cocktails that call for triple sec. Now, there is Combier. Combier is not new. In fact, its touted as the original triple sec, having been around since 1834. Its all-natural recipe and light, citrusy scent is attracting lots of attention lately. What I like most is that it doesn’t have the overbearing taste of alcohol that is very present in Cointreau — taste them side-by-side and you’ll see what I mean. The fact that Combier is triple distilled in 100 year old copper stills designed by Gustav Eiffel (yes, the Eiffel Tower guy) also gives it a certain je ne sais quoi. And, it’s priced lower than then competition, which in these tough economic times is certainly a plus.

Combier Flirtini
2 pieces of pineapple
1/2 oz. Combier Liqueur d’Orange
1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. pineapple juice
3 oz. champagne

In the bottom of a mixing glass muddle the pineapple pieces and Combier. Add vodka and juice and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

Birthday Mama

January 4, 2009

I recently found out that I am going to be an aunt for the first time, and not just to one baby — my brother Justin and his wife Jenn are having TWINS! This week is Jenn’s birthday, so I thought I would toast the occasion with Jenn’s very own Preggatini. That’s right, I said Preggatini. From Natalie Bovis-Nelsen (aka The Liquid Muse), Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-be is a collection of delicious and colorful sips that any expecting mom can enjoy. Here are Jenn’s favorite sips, Preggatini-style.
3 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. mandarin orange juice
1/2 oz. orange-flavored syrup
1 lime twirl

Shake juices and syrup with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime twirl.

Coconut Key Lime Momtini
3 oz. limeade
1 oz. coconut milk
1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
1 oz. Stirrings Clarified Key Lime
2-3 drops vanilla extract (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut flakes

Shake first five ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with coconut flakes.