MAN, I wish I could have a few martinis right now after a *crazy* Monday, but I will wait until the weekend I guess...or at least Thursday! Maybe the guy who crashed into my office building had a few martinis or something like that....damn it feels good to be a gangster. Anyway, let's do this!
*So as mentioned in the title of this post, I have picked THREE wonderful fruit inspired martinis this week. These are all drinks that are served at my favorite local martini bar, Olives.
First, we have the French Martini! Yummmm and yum. It takes 1.5 oz of vanilla vodka, .5 oz of raspberry liqueur, .5 oz Cointreau, .5 oz cranberry juice, .5 oz pineapple juice and a twist of lemon or lime. This is very similar to the Flirtini (my favorite) only without the champagne and a few extra fruity ingredients.
I LOVE this one...the Mango Martini! I have seen it made all sorts of ways but I stick to the simple version which takes 2 oz mango rum, .5 oz triple sec, .5 oz cranberry juice and a splash of lime juice. The most important part of this is the mango of course - you can either add in some mango puree or some mango juice (usually sold in cans)...this part is very important to get a fruity taste. It is also perfect for beach/pool parties!
Last but not least, the Cherry Martini! This one is SWEET but I love sweet stuff so it is perfect for me...just a little disclaimer. This one takes Three Olives Cherry vodka, cherry flavored schnapps (Pucker), and some Sprite. If you want to tone down the sweetness, add a little champagne or even non-flavored seltzer water. And cherries of course!! Really reminds me of my old college side-kick, the cherry vodka sour. ;)
Alright, I hope you enjoy your evening and I look forward to the next edition of Martini Monday!! I think I will have to pick a theme again....