drinks

Drinks and Ice

Happy Friday! Welcome to my Martini Moment! 

Today I'm talking easy holiday DIY decor and the perfect Christmas martini!  

Let's get the drink recipe out of the way so we can have something to sip the rest of this post shall we? 

1 cup chocolate milk

1 oz chocolate liqueur  

1/2 oz peppermint liqueur

Add everything in a shaker with ice and simply pour.

For the rim: rim the glass with chocolate syrup and roll in crushed candy canes

Fast Tip: To make this drink hot, just swap the milk for hot cocoa!  

Now, not only is this DIY fast, easy, and chic it's also inexpensive. All you need is a glue gun, clear color fill, and either branches from outside or picked up at the craft store. And maybe some candles. Get as creative as you want! All you do is glue the branches and roll in the color fill. It makes for chic icy décor, also it's colorless so it can go in just about any room. If you're feeling froggy add some pine. I have an abundance in my back yard so I thought why not?

Cheers to you and cheers to the weekend!

xoxo

Summer Flavor

Whilst galavanting at Target, basically my favorite place, I came across the "Fun and Festive Food and Drink" book. Well let me tell you that's an understatement in a book title if I've ever heard one. This book is FANTASTIC! So today I'm sharing a quick drink recipe that is fresh and a Ceviche dish that is low cal and perfect for having guests over or to just throw together for no reason at all. Assembly is quick, but waiting for it to marinate? Not so much.

I'm so ready for Summer bacasue I'm pretty sure it tastes like this:

Watermelon Mojito (makes one drink): 

1/2 lime juice

6 fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup chopped seedless watermelon

2 oz light rum

3/4 cup ice cubes

Combine lime, mint leaves, and sugar in a shaker and mash or muddle them. Add watermelon and mash it until its crushed. Add rum and ice, shake until blended. The strain into an ice-filled fancy glass of your choosing. Garnish with watermelon because it's cute and delicious.  

Since we are talking watermelon, which is basically one of the best parts of summer I thought I'd choose a recipe that also had watermelon. If you don't know about Ceviche, you should. If you like seafood that is. This is a very mild recipe nothing too crazy in it. 

Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche: 

1 pound medium raw shrimp  

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 cup seedless watermelon

1/2 cup red onion

1/2 cup cilantro

1 jalapeno minced

Crackers of your choosing

Remove tails from shrimp and chop into small pieces, combine shrimp and 1/2 cup lime juice in a medium bowl and coat. Let that sit in the fridge for about an hour, then drain. While that's happening combine watermelon, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno and remaining lime juice in a large bowl. Stir in shrimp and cover for about 30 minutes so that the flavors can blend. Serve with those delicious crackers.  

This summer is going to be great... 

Happy National Martini Day!

I have two moods, "I need a glass of wine" and "Only a martini will do". If you happen to follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I love both dearly. After a long and sometimes rough day all I want is an extra dirty martini. So in honor of this glorious day I am going to tell you how to order it. I was a bartender for a long time so I am lucky to have the knowledge of many random things.

  • First, sometimes it can be intimidating when sitting down at your favorite bar to order something that requires a few questions. First, gin or vodka? That's a personal preference but I, myself am a fan of vodka. To me, its a smoother taste. 
  • Dry, wet, or perfect? Say what? This is the Vermouth part. Dry means less vermouth, wet means you want more, and perfect is equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth. I like a wet martini.
  • Shaken or stirred? Are you thinking of James Bond? I, like Mr. Bond prefer it shaken. This is as simple as it sounds, shaken in a tumbler or just stirred.
  • Straight up or on the rocks means ice or no ice. I do not like ice in my martini at all but some do. If it's shaken then it will be already chilled. 
  • The garnish next, "with a twist" is a lemon or if you're like me, an olive. My very favorite is one goat cheese stuffed olive. A Gibson is just with a different garnish like an onion or even a pickle! Order it that way if you are feeling like living on the edge. 
  • What does dirty mean? Dirty is with a splash of olive juice..I like a little more than a splash. 

Fun martini fact!

Having an even number of olives is considered to be back luck. Always have an odd number!

While we are talking about it, see what your signature drink is!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/what-should-your-signature-drink-be#.yuy6qejqV

I got Champagne, not a martini haha!

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Cheers and tip your bartenders well!