Martini for your Thoughts

These are the days where Vodka is in the ruling glass
From rulers of the present to rulers of the past, born on May 2nd 1729 in the Baltic seaport town of Stettin, Catherine II, Catherine The Great, rose to be Empress of all Russia from 1762 up until her death in 1796. Her drink is to be shaken & strained in a martini glass. Pour in the following: 1 ½ oz Stolichnaya vodka, a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice, a splash of Cointreau, and a dash of Framboise. Strain in, and top with Taittinger champagne. Garnish with a slice of orange. Like the value of a precious stone, the sipping of a great drink made well can be just as appealing to the mind’s eye. The flavor and look of the Pink Diamond is a real beauty on the palate. In a chilled martini glass, shake & strain 2 ½ oz Finlandia cranberry vodka, ½ oz Dekuyper Peachtree schnapps, and ½ oz Dole pineapple juice. Garnish with either rose petals or nasturtium flowers. The Canadian rock trio Rush is where the song name of this cocktail is derived from. Living in the Limelight is the universal theme for those who wish to dream, so put aside your alienation and get on with the fascination, the real sensation, the underlying scream. Shake & strain the following in an ice cold martini glass: 2 oz Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime vodka, a splash of Midori melon liqueur, and ¾ oz cold Knudsen grapefruit juice. Garnish with a star twist of lime. Named after the design of the martini glass, the Inverted Pyramid is a super chiller with 1 ¼ oz Absolut Citron vodka, 1 ¼ oz Absolut Kurant vodka, and a splash of Grand Marnier. Garnish with a twist of orange peel. You’re only a camel ride away after one of these. From the ever-valuable spice in the movie Dune comes a signature drink with that in mind. Melange is a flavored martini where half the rim of the glass is dipped in cinnamon sugar, then pour the following in a shaker: 1 ½ oz Hampton’s vodka, ½ oz Goldschlager, ¼ oz Hiram Walker triple sec, the juice of ½ lime, and a dash of Bols blue curacao to achieve the topaz blue color. Strain in, and no garn necessary. Whether you preferred the stage version with Keitel and Hurt or the film version with Penn and Spacey, the commotion and the emotion of the cocktail Hurlyburly definetly requires some serious agitation in the form of an ice-filled shaker. Starting with 1 ¼ oz of Ketel One Citroen vodka, ½ oz Cointreau, 1oz Triple L sweet & sour, ½ oz Tropicana orange juice, and ½ oz Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Garnish with dried cranberries. Every September in Los Angeles, the annual Inkslinger’s Ball is held for three days at the famous Hollywood Palladium on Sunset and Argyle. I usually tend bar for this event as it’s quite a visual to behold. Therefore, I’ve chosen the Tattooed Love Goddess as the signature cocktail for this psychedelic liquid pleasure. Shake & strain 1oz Level vodka, 1oz of Dr. McGillicuddy’s vanilla schnapps, 1 ½ oz Godiva chocolate liqueur (white or dark), and a dash of cream. Strain in a chilled martini glass and garnish with a vanilla or chocolate cookie. Where’s Batman ? Well, he may have disappeared into the Batcave, but he left the Purple Mask behind for everyone to get a taste of. The drink goes like this: In a shaker half-filled with ice, pour in 2 oz Liquid Ice vodka, ¼ oz Hiram Walker white creme de cacao, and 1oz Welch’s grape juice. Shake to the desired chill, and strain into a cooled martini glass. Garnish with grapes of choice.

For those of you who like it dirty or kinky, step up to the Filthy Rotten but I Love it Martini. In a shaker goes 3 oz of Belvedere vodka, ¾ oz of Dirty Sue olive brine, and dashes of Tabasco and Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce. Chill & strain in a martini glass, and garnish with an anchovy in the bottom of the glass and an onion ring on the side dish. Also, have a stick of spearmint gum in a shot glass.

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