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For those of you looking for something on the more sophisticated side you have my apologies. This blog unfortunately mirrors the author (yours truly.) Some of the humor is not for everyone but I liked it and it's my blog so there! My patrons sometimes ask me where I come up with some of this stuff. I am glad to tell them my mind is a lot like Canada. It is sometimes a bit cold, there are a few dark corners, some of it down right confusing and even a bit dirty but there is also a lot of neat stuff up there. So I hope you all enjoy this blog! ... Cheers!
There are a few things that Maine has and does very well... Lobster, Blueberries and the ocean views are among the top of that list. We have a good deal of rain this week but already I am looking forward to a pretty weekend. So my drink for the upcoming weekend will be the Maine Blueberry Lemonade. A simple somewhat sweet and somewhat tart but always refreshing cocktail.
MaineBlueberryLemonade 2 oz. - Blueberry Vodka 1 oz. - Lemonchello 1 oz. - Sour Mix Splash of Fresh Lemon Juice Drop in a couple fresh or frozen Blueberries Find a dock, sit and watch the sun go down...
This past week I had the good fortune of having lunch at something a just a bit more upscale than a hot dog cart. Never one to pass up a little bit of liquid lunch I decided to imbibe the Olive Garden's featured Watermelon Martini. As I drank all I could think is "I can make this far better." So I have come up with my version and so far it has tested through the roof.
The Muddled Melon Martini
Muddle 5-6 slices of fresh watermelon with a splash of lime juice.
After muddling fill the glass with ice.
2 oz. - Watermelon infused Vodka
.5 oz. - Watermelon Schnapps
Splash of Sour mix
Splash of Cranberry juice Shake and strain into a martini glass
Rim the glass with Watermelon sugar (Watermelon Jello and sugar.)
Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
Iam doing a bit of catching up today on somethings I promised would be up here. With that said I am posting two martini's today. One was not inspired by me but was created by me and the other was neither inspired nor created by me but instead by my great friend Marielle. So without any further ado here we go. . .
The other day if you read my Facebook page at all you will see I had a great group of ladies in my bar from the Green Mountain state of Vermont. This was a VERY fun group. we had a great time and I can't wait for them all to come visit me again. At one point in the night one of them mentioned she was making a ton of butternut crunch for a function of some sort and I needed to come up with a martini to match. Well not to be outdone I came up with a sweet little concoction I so Aptly named "Little Bit of Sugar." As in "Hey bartender! How about you come over here and give me a little bit of sugar!"
Little Bit of Sugar
1 oz. - Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. - Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz. - Creme de Cacao (caramel flavored schnapps)
.5 oz. - Navan
.5 oz. - Half and Half
Shake over ice and strain
Now on Saturday my great friend Marielle graduated from bartender school, I am very happy for her! Part of her class was to create her own martini. What she has created is now named the "Just Peachy Tini," just like when you hang out with Marielle everything is just peachy! Congrats!
This week has been NUTS! If I had hair this would be the week I would pull it out for sure. Luckily for me I have dodged that bullet and took preemptivemeasures by just shaving it all off. I don't have a ton of time today however with it being Friday and all I wanted to get my weekend specials out there and just my general 2 cents worth. This weekend definitely has potential to be great. I mean there is the Post Cinco de Mayo group that have jobs etc so they are not permitted to imbibe on Thursday but will certainly celebrate the Mexican holiday a day late. There is the Kentucky Derby and plenty of people will stop and grab a beverage while making a side bet on the ponies. Then of course there is Mothers Day on Sunday. If you forget to do something special for your mother well let's face it your are a bad seed and you should burn in hell... I mean the poor woman suffered through 9 hours of labor uphill in the blizzard and you had a huge head! I digress... So here are a few special drinks to celebrate the days ahead. May they all be sunny and maybe even profitable.
Friday - Post Cinco de Mayo Party: The Classic Margarita
2 oz. - Tequila of your choice (make it a good tequila or else tomorrow you could wind up hugging a cactus.)
1 oz. - Cointreau
Splash of OJ
Splash of Lime juice
Serve in a frosty mug or margarita glass with salt or sugar on the rim
1 bottle of Corona or Corona Light
1 shot of tequila
Pour into a frosty mug with a squeeze of lime.
Saturday - The Kentucky Derby: Peach Mint Julep
In a rocks or julep cup
2 oz. - Kentucky Burbon
1 Tablespoon - Mint Simple Syrup (Simple Syrup infused w/ a few mint leaves)
1 oz. - Peach juice
Stir Rapidly with a spoon in order to frost the outside of the glass
Garnish with a fresh mint leaf
Sunday - Mothers Day: Limonchello Sparkle
Serve in a champagne flute
1 oz - Limonchello
Fill glass with Champagne (Don't use the cheap stuff this is your mother for Christ sake!)
Garnish with a lemon twist
Rim the glass with lemon sugar
Now give her a nice smooch on the cheek and tell the grand old broad you love her!