Blood Orange Cranberry Cocktail with St. Germain

Blood Orange Cranberry Cocktail with St. Germain

If cranberry juice, orange juice, peach schnapps and vodka is commonly known as Sex on the Beach, well, this cocktail should be titled Sex in the Garden! A blend of some of the most exotic flavors on earth fuse to create a smooth, sophisticated and subtle drink that’s not too flowery, not too sweet with just enough tartness to bring your tastebuds to a standing ovation. Perfect for an evening on the deck after a long day in the garden!

How To Make It

Fill glass size mason jar with ice.

Add 1.5 oz of vodka

Add 0.5 oz of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Fill rest of glass with Langer’s Cranberry Blood Orange juice*

I top mine with a squeeze of lime but a slice of blood orange with a few cranberries to float on top would be beautiful.

*If unable to find this juice, 4 oz of cranberry juice with 1 oz of fresh squeezed blood orange juice would work, too. Add a splash of simple syrup (1:1 ratio dissolved sugar to water) if not sweet enough.

Mt Jefferson from Culver, Oregon
Cheers!

Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini

On grey winter days that aren’t chilly enough to bring snow but aren’t warm enough to enjoy being outside, I find myself looking for sunshine any place I can find it. I believe this is what has lead to the recent run on trying out new lemon martini concoctions. A dash of bright sunshine in a sugar rimmed martini glass helps to bring out warm, rosie cheeks and a smile.

The Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop is a twist on the classic and the secret ingredient is Crater Lake’s Sweet Ginger Vodka produced by our local Bend Distillery. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’re missing out. It adds a flavor layer that compliments the simple Lemon Drop boosting it to a new level of sophistication.

The original recipe is courtesy of CraterLakeSpirits.com

Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini
Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini

Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

Fresh Lemons

Sugar

Crater Lake Sweet Ginger Vodka

Ice

Dissolve equal amounts of table sugar into heated water to make simple syrup. I make enough to last several days with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Extra can be kept covered in the refrigerator for a few days. Sugar must be completely dissolved or liquid will be grainy. Refrigerate until cool.

Chill martini glass in freezer. Save a wedge of the lemon for garnish, then squeeze remaining lemons to make 2 oz of juice – one medium ripe lemon should do it. Rim chilled martini glass with lemon wedge and then dip in granulated sugar to creat sugared rim.

Fill cocktail shaker with 1-2 cups of ice, add the 2oz fresh lemon juice to shaker with 2 oz of Sweet Ginger Vodka and 1.5 oz of simple syrup sugar mix. Shake until outside of shaker begins to frost then strain into prepared martini glass.

Garnish with lemon wedge and enjoy!

Do you have a variation of the classic lemon drop martini that is note worthy?  Leave me a message, I’d love to give it a try!

Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini
Sweet Ginger Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Dream Martini

If you wish you could wrap your fingers around a lemon dreamsicle, this is a martini for you! It’s not quite as tart as a lemon drop, not as sweet as limoncello and the cream is the perfect addition.

Lemon Dream Martini

Lemon Dream Martini 

1.5 ounces Lemon Vodka

1.5 ounces Limoncello

3 ounces of half and half or cream

1-2 teaspoons of frozen lemonade concentrate

Lemon Drop rimming sugar or crushed lemon drop candies

Fresh Sliced Lemons

Ice

Slice lemons and use one to rim top of martini glass, then dip in lemon drop rimming sugar. Place in freezer. In cocktail shaker, add generous amount of ice. I fill mine 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with fresh ice. Add 1-2 heaping spoons of frozen lemonade concentrate, limoncello, vodka and cream. Cover. Shake until frost begins to form on outside of shaker. Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with a fresh lemon slice. I like to give mine a squeeze before floating the lemon on top.  Enjoy!

If you want this more tart, squeeze in more lemon juice. Control the sweetness by adding or subtracting lemonade concentrate or limoncello. Want a stronger cocktail? Cut back on cream or half and half.  Need a lighter version?  Use 2% or whole milk instead of cream.

Lemon Dream Martini

I’d love to hear what you think of this cocktail! I’m also completely open to better name suggestions, drop me a comment!

The Crimson Sunset Cocktail

1 shot of Fireball
1 shot of Vanilla Bean Vodka
Peach nectar and a
Drizzle of grenadine

Over ice, in the perfect glass, during a beautiful sunset over my favorite mountains.  I’d add some muddled mint but the dog peed on the bushes and some things just can’t be unseen no matter how long ago or how many times you wash them.

If it’s too sweet for your tastebuds, try adding it to iced tea.

Key Lime Martini

It’s light and frothy.  It’s not too sweet, not too tart and so easy to make.  It’s the perfect martini to sip on the deck on a warm evening.  Move over Lemon Drop – there’s a new drink in town!
2 oz Vanilla vodka
2 oz fresh squeezed lime
2 oz half and half or cream
2 heaping teaspoons powdered sugar
Fill shaker with ice.
Add ingredients.
Shake until ice crystals form on shaker.
Pour into martini glass rimmed with fresh lime.
Garnish with a sprinkle of lime zest if you must.
This is a simple cocktail.  Less is more.
Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Cake Martini

It’s “just enough” sweet balanced with the perfect amount of tart.  It quenches your thirst but leaves you wanting more.  It advances a fruity foo foo cocktail to the next level and adds a twist of sophistication.  Move over Cosmopolitan.  (Insert wink here.)

1 part Three Olives Cake Vodka
2 parts Simply Lemonade with Blueberry
Lemon slice to garnish
Rim chilled martini glass with squeeze of fresh lemon.  Add vodka and juice to shaker over liberal amounts of ice.  Shake vigorously, until frost appears on outside of shaker.  Pour into martini glass and garnish with fresh lemon slice.  Enjoy!

The Pink and Purple Panther

It’s a cousin of Cupid’s Cup (http://cocktails.about.com/od/vodkadrinkrecipes/r/cherub_cup.htm) and the Red Martini Bar’s (Redmond, Oregon) Cupid’s Kiss!

Crisp, light, dry and fruity but not too sweet.  A perfect cocktail to sip in the hot tub!
Happy Valentines Day!
Muddle:
1/4 cup (or handful) of fresh or frozen huckleberries
2 oz vodka
1 oz St. Germain
Loosely strain mixture over ice:
Finish with a light layer of Pink Moscato Champagne
or substitute Sprite or seltzer water in place of champagne.
Stir and enjoy!

The Peppermint Bark Martini

Don’t let this drink’s festive appearance fool you.  I think it’s nickname will be “Jingle Juice” cuz it’s guaranteed to ring some bells!
 
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
Splash of cream
Corn syrup
Crushed candy canes
Rim martini glass with light coat of corn syrup.  Dip in crushed candy canes.  Put in freezer.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka, white chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps and a splash of cream or half and half.
Shake until shaker begins to frost on outside, pour into chilled martini glasses.  Garnish with mini candy cane.  Enjoy!

The Parley Cocktail

When you’d rather ask for forgiveness than for permission:

3 oz Mandarin Absolute Vodka

1 oz St. Germaine
4-6 oz Cran-pomegranate  juice
Cherry gelatin powder
Honey or corn syrup
Ice
Rim glass with honey or corn syrup then coat with dry cherry gelatin.
Add ice to shaker with vodka, St.Germaine and cranberry-pomegranate juice.
Shake until outside of shaker begins to frost, pour and enjoy!