Thursday, December 2, 2010


     No holiday season is complete, for me anyway, with out a couple of festive cocktails. I was a bartender for years and here are recipes for a few of the martinis  I made. They have been simplified a little, not everyone has a completely stocked bar  to work with, but I do recommend having a cocktail shaker. You can use two glasses that fit together but it is messy and eventually, they normally end up broken. Of the following list, the Purple Haze and the classic Manhattan are my favourites.


1 oz vodka or citrus vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
Pomegranate juice
Squeeze of lemon
Lemon wedge or wheel for garnish

Cranberry / Crantini
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
Cranberry juice
Squeeze of lemon or lime
Lemon, lime or orange wedge or wheel for garnish

Classic Apple
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Apple SourPuss
 Slice of green apple for garnish
Caramel Apple
Add 1 oz Butterscotch Schnapps to Apple Martini recipe, reduce Vodka to 1 oz
Chocolate/ White Chocolate
2 oz Vodka
1 oz White Crème de Cacao / Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry
1½oz Vodka
½oz Triple sec
Cranberry juice
 Squeeze of lime
Garnish with lime
Purple Haze

1oz Vodka

1oz Blue Curacao

Pineapple juice* optional

Cranberry Juice

Orange wedge or wheel for garnish


2 oz Vodka

1oz Raspberry SourPuss

Raspberry / Cranberry/ Pomegranate juice

 Fruite Raspberry juice is my choice. Cranberry or pomegranate juice make it a Very Berry or Simply Red


1 ½ oz Rye

½ oz sweet vermouth

Dash of bitters, it’s not really a Manhattan without the bitters

Garnish with maraschino cherry

     I have not included recipes for a classic gin or vodka martini, if you drink them you normally know how to make them. Before you comment on how that isn't the recipe for a "whatever", recipes vary from bar to bar, city to city, country to country. I have about six variations for a Cosmo and I think at least one for every other drink as well.

     There they are, some of the most requested merry makers I have made. Remember,

     Always drink responsibly, don't drive if your out making merry.  Enjoy the holidays.


  1. well gosh....I came for the shortbread recipe, but sure I'll stay for a Cosmo! LOL

  2. I'll bring my cocktail shaker home with me this Christmas just for you LOL

  3. you're too kind. make sure you tell Left Brain he's driving. LOL.
    and I tried the shortbread cookie recipe -- it was so easy Alaina and Colby helped. they tasted great. Reminded me of being in the kitchen with grandma :(

    I posted my Peanutty Caramel Bars recipe to my blog. it is another kid friendly case any other "married with's" frequent your blog. LOL


Thanks for your comment, I hope you enjoyed your time in the "Kitchen".