The 'Martini' is a cocktail made with Gin and Dry Vermouth, usually garnished with an olive . The amounts of each vary greatly, depending on local, or personal preferences. A 4 : 1 ratio was quite popular in times gone by. Now... 'just a whisper' is what my guests want... Also originally stirred, many like their martinis shaken now. This one is served with a twist. Probably the most notable cocktail of modern culture, it has it's origins in clouded in obscurity. Many, many stories abound about the true origin of this fine cocktail. Cheers!
The Bronx Cocktail is essentially a Perfect Martini with orange juice added. It was ranked number three in "The World's 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934". An old school classic, it was the third most popular cocktail in 1934, after the martini and the Manhattan. Today, it remains a popular choice in some markets, and is designated as an Official Cocktail by the International Bartender Association. Like the Manhattan, the Bronx is one of five cocktails named for one of New York City's five boroughs, but is perhaps most closely related to the Queens, which substitutes pineapple for the Bronx's orange. Two gentlemen of the era are separately credited as this drinks originators. Joe Sormani, from Philly and Johnnie Solon of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Whoever was the true author, this drink has fallen into obscurity, but isn't out of the game completely. Gin, Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth and Orange Juice, makes this a tasty drink.
The Cosmopolitan Cocktail seems to have it's purported roots in the hands of modern mixology. With so many bartenders staking claim on it's creation... there is no way of knowing exactly where it was invented... It does seem to be generally recognized as a drink since the late 1980s and since then... it's popularity has skyrocketed to it's current stature as the quintessential 'martini cocktail'. Made with vodka (originally 'citrus' vodka), triple sec & cranberry juice, squeeze of lemon (lime has taken hold here) and give it a good shake. Cheers! Stay thirsty my friends!
The Pomegranate Martini is a relatively new cocktail. Gaining popularity with the onset of the health craze embracing the nation right now. The anti-oxidant power of the pomegranate hit the newsstands, and the pomegranate juice hit the market place. This tasty drink is very popular and varies in its preparation depending on where you go. A little citrus in this cocktail is OK, but I personally think it inhibits the flavor of the pomegranate. Should be ruby red and served with whatever garnish you like. Cheers!
The drink is a lemon flavored delight that is decidedly strong with a hint of sweet and a zing of fresh lemon. This drink is usually favored by the ladies. Be careful. For a twist on the original recipe...perhaps try a 'colored sugar' rim on your martini glass. Oprah likes these, she said so... and she garnishes hers with mint leaves. So... if that's how Oprah does... then that is how you should do it! Cheers!
In these last waning days of summer... this one gives you the feel of being in the islands on vacation. A delicious concoction of light rum, pineapple and orange juices with a touch of cream and coconut syrup! Mahalo! Haoli....
The Dirty Martini is a modern variation of the original classic martini. In this version the mixer puts in a strong dash of olive brine in with the original martini recipe, add olives. The brine is the juice that the bar olives come in. Easiest when stored in a squirt bottle, the result is the same... a delicious, salty and savory flavor like no other. Gin, (or vodka) with vermouth & olive brine, shaken and served in a martini glass. I prefer my dirty martinis with blue cheese olives. Cheers!
• 1 ½ ounce Premium Vodka
• 1 ½ ounce Crème de Cocoa (White or Dark)
• Any additions may be made here, within reason of course.
• Shake and Strain into a Chilled Cocktail Glass
• With a Chocolate Swirl Garnish
• And A Cherry
The Chocolate Martini became all the rage in the late 1990s. every bartender makes their own concoction, in many, many different ways... I usually ask my guest... "Do you want a dark? white? or clear chocolate martini? The clear one looks... well... 'clear'... but has a very strong chocolate flavor. Cool! Other additions include, Baily's Irish Cream, Starbucks Liqueur, Godiva Liqueur,
Kahlua and Tia Maria. Don't forget the chocolate swirl garnish. Cheers!
This is a personal favorite of mine as well as a signature Drink Chef creation. You'll not see this one anywhere else. Obviously a take on the classic gin gibson, which gets baby white pickled bar onions as a garnish. My take is to saute these little gems in butter until the outside of gets brown & crispy. Stay thirsty my friends!