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In serious need of an Italy fix…

April 13, 2009

It started in West Hollywood. In search of the cast from Grey’s Anatomy, my friend took me to Cecconi’s for breakfast. We sat on the patio (shown), enjoyed amazing coffee, and enjoyed a little slice of la dolce vita. This place reminded me of so much of the venerable San Domenico restaurant in NYC, and if it wasn’t before noon, I would have loved to have been sippin’ some Campari.

Then last week, I went to see the Valentino documentary. Most of the movie took place in beautiful Rome and the next day I found myself on Kayak looking up flights to Milan. Unfortunately, flight prices are still a little steep for my budget, so I’ve decided to transport myself to Italy in a more economical fashion: by consuming as many blood orange cocktails as possible. According to New York, ’tis the season for this native Italian fruit.

Blood Orange Bellini
Courtesy of Stirrings
1 part Stirrings Blood Orange Mixer
4 parts dry Chandon Sparkling Wine
Garnish: Stirrings Blood Orange Rimmer

Rim chilled Champagne flute with Blood Orange Rimmer. Pour in Mixer and top with Chandon Sparkling Wine.


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.

Vote on the Rocks

November 4, 2008

Just got back from voting and thankfully I did not have to wait in line. Unfortunately, it sounds like millions of people are not so lucky, which means many voters will need a drink once they finally get their turn at the polls. After months of swimming through a see of red and blue, I thought a green cocktail, courtesy of Stirrings, would be a nice change of pace:

Grassroots Gimlet
Organic efforts do pay off.
2 parts Stirrings Organic Classic Sour Mixer
1 part gin (organic gin optional)
Garnish: lime wedge and wheat grass

In a rocks glass, combine Stirrings Organic Classic Sour Mixer with gin over plenty of ice. Stir and garnish with lime wedge and wheat grass.

Find more Election Day cocktails from Stirrings at Simple Stated.

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2008

Sorry this is so short — between the Phillies winning the World Series and having to find a last-minute Halloween costume, there is little time left for a sip! Luckily, my favorite mixer friends at Stirrings came to the rescue:

Blood Orange Lychee Martini
Courtesy of Stirrings
1 part Stirrings Blood Orange Martini Mixer
1 part vodka
Splash of Lychee juice

For “eyeball,” stuff lychee with dates and drop into bottom of glass. Garnish with a fresh blood orange wedge and plastic spider. Serve in martini glass rimmed with Stirrings’ Blood Orange Martini Rimmer garnish

Christmas Cosmos and mistletoe…

December 16, 2007

Just 10 days until Xmas and I think I am finally in the holiday spirit. It took me awhile this year, but the holiday parties are now in full swing and that means plenty of holiday-inspired cocktails to sip. Here are a few of my favorites.

Christmas Cosmo
Courtesy of
1 1/2 oz. rosemary-infused vodka
1/2 oz. triple sec
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 inch rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Cranberries, for garnish

To make the rosemary-infused vodka, coarsely chop 1 bunch of rosemary and put it in a fifth of vodka overnight and then strain out the rosemary. To make the drink, shake all the liquids in a cocktail shaker and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with 1 cranberry and a little sprig of rosemary.

Sugar Plum Fairy
Courtesy of Stirrings
2 oz. Stirrings Sugar Plum Martini
1 oz. Ciroc Vodka
Splash sparkling wine or dry Champagne

In a champagne flute, top Sugar Plum Martini and vodka with sparkling wine or Champagne.

Eggnog Martini
Courtesy of Stirrings
2 oz. Stirrings Egg Nog
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Stirrings Egg Nog Rimmer Garnish

Shake with ice and serve straight up in a Stirrings Egg Nog rimmed glass.

Thanks for the martini…

November 4, 2007

It’s November, and that means that my favorite holiday is just around the corner: Thanksgiving. For some reason there just seems to be less stress associated with this day (maybe that’s because I’m never the one doing the cooking!). Seriously though, for me Thanksgiving is all about coming home and catching up with good friends and family over bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau and a few martinis. So while we wait for the 2007 vintage to hit wine shops, here are some seasonal cocktails (courtesy of Martini Talk, Part IV) to sip:

Candy Apple
Courtesy of Stirrings
1 part Stirrings Apple Martini Mixer
1 part Players Extreme caramel-flavored vodka
Caramel sauce
Stirrings Apple Martini Rimmer

Rim glass with caramel sauce and Apple Rimmer. Combine Apple Mixer and vodka with ice in a martini shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Manhattan in the Fall
Courtesy of Stirrings
1 1/2 parts bourbon
1/2 part sweet vermouth
1 part Stirrings Pear Martini
Pear slice

Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pear slice and a cherry

Courtesy of Hiram Walker
1 part Stolichnaya Vodka
1 part Hiram Walker Pomegranate Schnapps

Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with lemon wedge.

It’s the martini talking…

September 23, 2007

This past Friday night I met a friend for a drink after work at one of the most fabulous places in New York: Flat Iron Lounge — very old school, very Art Deco, very Frank Sinatra. A colleague recently told me that this place serves the most fantastic cocktails in the city, and it did not dissappoint (thank you Mr. Victor Thompson). My martini was a lovely sensation of vodka infused with pearls of jasmine and white peach and garnished with the prettiest orchid…hello, deliciousness! Of course I had two 😉 The recipes, of course, are a secret, but I thought I’d share two fall-inspired cocktails to kick off the season (and to tide you over until the 4th Annual Martini Talk). Cheers!

Gingered Pear
Courtesy of Stirrings
3 oz. Stirrings Pear Martini Mixer
2 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 oz. Stirrings Ginger Ale
Stirrings Spiced Apple Rimmer Garnish
Slice of fresh ginger

Build in an iced highball with Stirrings Spiced Apple Rimmer and a slice of pear, short shake, and top with Stirrings Ginger Ale.

Pomegranate Mimosa
Courtesy of POM Wonderful
1/2 oz. POM Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 glass of dry champagne
1/2 oz. Cointreau®

Pour champagne into a champagne flute. Add pomegranate juice and float the Cointreau on top.

A little martini talk:
“There is something about a martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant:
A yellow, mellow martini:
I wish I had one at present.”
— Ogden Nash

“I love to drink martinis,
Two at the very most.
Three I’m under the table.
Four I’m under the host!”
— Dorothy Parker