Since the holidays are now in full swing, I wanted to share some basic cocktail recipes with you. I mean, until now, I don’t believe I ever really knew how to properly prepare either of these. Maybe I’m behind in my mixology and cocktail knowledge, but c’est la vie. So, I went into the kitchen trying to figure out the best recipes for two of the most classic cocktails — the Dirty Martini and the Cosmopolitan. I rarely drink hard liquor because I’m ALWAYS drinking wine, so this was a fun exercise for me. I should forewarn you, though, cocktail trial and error can be both fun and intoxicating. I’m glad my boyfriend was there to “supervise” my foray into mixology because by the end of “Dirty Martini Night No.1” experiment, I was spilling olive brine everywhere and chasing rolling olives to prevent the dogs from grabbing them. 😉
Here’s what I learned:
- Start with quality ingredients
- Savory cocktails need “rest” time just like sauces and meats
- Shaken vs. Stirred does matter in the overall mouth feel of the drink, depending on the ingredients (i.e. sweet v. savory) Stir the savory, shake the sweet.
- Serve it “up” (without ice) in a martini or stemmed glass to keep your hands away from heating it as you sip it
- We should all get dressed up like it’s the 1950’s, sip martinis, and chat with friends
I shall leave you with two of my favorite martini recipes. I promise I tried and tested proportions for a week to the point that I have no more Vodka left. 🙁
With the dirty martini, I added blue cheese stuffed olives for a little extra flair. You can purchase them at the store or simply mix blue cheese, a little cream cheese, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag. Mix ingredients by kneading them around in the bag, and then smush all the cheese down into one corner of the bag. Cut of the tip of the corner and fill your olives with the mixture as if you were frosting a cake.
I used Triple Sec here. You can also use Cointreau. Grand Marnier is another option, but I’d avoid it in a Cosmo because it’s heavier than the other two, and this cocktail is meant to be light and airy. Also, the absolute key to this cocktail is the freshly squeezed lime juice. You can use the bottled kind, but it doesn’t taste nearly as nice. All in all, having this Cosmopolitan made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw for just one minute. It’s like a pillow of sweet fresh joy. It barely tastes like there’s alcohol in it, so be careful!!
If you like these recipes, please leave a comment below so I can do more if you’re interested. Hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday season! Don’t drink and drive. Get an Uber, a Taxi, or a sober friend!