Cheers mates! Summer time, for me, always means martini time! We went on vacation last week and made up a new martini that was SO delish that I knew I had to share! I thought I might as well share a few other of my favorites as well so here are 5 of my fav martini recipes!
I might as well start with the Snicky Wicky which is the martini we made up this past week while playing a game of Wahoo. This martini was a dessert drink that took a lot of control to pace myself! Needed: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, Smucker’s Carmel Syrup, 1oz Amaretto, 3oz Roasted Carmel Whiskey, 1oz Bailey’s Irish Cream, and 1tsp cream. Swirl the glass with both syrups in whatever artistic fashion you desire. Mix the remaining ingredients over ice and add to prepared glass. Enjoy! You could also use carmel vodka in place of the whiskey.
My most favorite martini, to drink while having sushi, is a mango martini. It goes heavenly with the coconut mango shrimp tempura sushi. Averie posted an amazing Mango Coconut Water Tropical Martini that honestly made my mouth water reading about it. Needed: 1.5oz Mango Passion Fruit Schmirnoff Vodka Light, 1.5oz coconut water, and 1oz pineapple juice. Shake ingredients over ice and strain into glass. Averie made them look super cute using mango, pineapple and maraschino cherries. This summer I’ve been really digging lemonade since we swore off soda a couple months ago. I made a strawberry lemonade from scratch that was stellar but this Boozy Peach Lemonade on Style Me Pretty looks like my next weekend BBQ drink! I love it because you can make a big batch and let guests serve themselves! Needed: 2oz (or so) peach flavored vodka (Absolute APeach), 1.5c sugar, 1c hot water, 2.5c lemon juice and 1c peach juice or puree. Stir sugar in hot water until dissolved, add vodka, lemon juice and peach juice. If using peach puree add to glass before pouring in other ingredients. Add thyme or peach as garnish.
Another killer summer party quencher is this Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria from Kelly at Nosh & Nourish. Ok, I know, it says sangria…but it’s just so pretty, I drink it in a martini glass and call it a martini. 😉 For some reason, I’d never considered mixing strawberries and watermelon but they are amazing together! Needed: 1c vodka, 1tbsp key lime juice, 1c chopped strawberries, 1c chopped watermelon, 1c watermelon juice (after straining), and 1bottle sparkling white wine. Combine vodka, lime juice, strawberries and watermelon in a large measuring cup to marinade for an hour. Using a strainer, juice the watermelon chunks to extract the juice. Add everything together in a large pitcher and serve immediately. Garnish with fruit or mint leaves.
I’m such a sucker for packaging! I bought this Kinky liqueur a few years ago and have mixed it with Sierra Mist and OJ but didn’t LOVE it until I came across this Kinky Blow-Pop recipe by Jessica at The Novice Chef. It is darling with her heart shaped lollies but like it with strawberry or watermelon blow-pops! Needed: 1.5oz Kinky liqueur, 1oz bubblegum vodka, 1oz pink lemonade and a splash of sprite. Garnish with a red sugared rim and a lolly pop.
Who’s coming over for some tinis?! Good thing my best friend is coming to visit this week so I can quench my craving! Which one are you going to try first? What is your go-to martini to make when having friends over or to wind down from a hectic week?