Yes yes yes…another Martini!!
Ok, so it’s not really a proper martini but it’s in a martini glass and I love martini glasses.
I have half a bottle of vanilla vodka left over from my Espresso Martinis so I figured I needed to find some other cocktail recipes to justify buying it again.
Here it is… Strawberry & Vanilla Vodka Martinis. I love strawberries and mix in a bit of alcohol and taa daaa another cocktail. I got this recipe from taste.com.au and they use a lot of ice so this would be absolutely perfect on a hot summer day/night.
Amazingly I managed to get strawberries that taste sweet in the middle of Winter. They are local grown too so I bought two punnets and my Daughter managed to eat one entire punnet on her own. I used the one remaining punnet in my mix tonight.
Strawberry & Vanilla Vodka Martinis
1 Punnet of strawberries – washed & hulled
1 Tablespoon of icing sugar or caster sugar (the icing sugar will dissolve faster)
125ml (1/2 cup) Chilled vanilla vodka
30ml Chilled dry vermouth
Ice cubes – I used about 6 ice cubes from my tray
Throw the lot into a blender and blitz the hell out of it, pour into martini glasses and enjoy!
Taste.com.au‘s version of this recipe serves 10, I halved the quantities and managed to fill two of these glasses and have about maybe half a martini glass left over!
Should I start with last nights cocktail or Thursday nights cocktail.
I had a visit from my Brother who resides in Perth. He hit Melbourne town on a very cold and rainy night so naturally we headed out to catch up with him and have a bite to eat. We had a few dining options but decided to go to Cookie on Swanston Street and we weren’t disappointed.
Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of our meals because it was so dark and well…I didn’t want to look like a dick with bad iphone lighting trying to take pics of my food!
I did however look like a dick with bad iPhone lighting taking pics of my drinks!
My first drink – crap picture, crap lighting but tasted delicious was the Singapore Sling. Wow! This was just amazing, I could easily have had 5 of these, yes I would have been under the table but meh yummy cocktail.
I almost ordered a second but our waitress convinced me to try a Clover Club Cocktail. This was good but nothing compared to the Singapore Sling. The Clover Club Cocktail has egg white in it to make it frothy and it wasn’t overly sweet but had a nice hit of citrus flavour to it. Both of these cocktails I will attempt to make – one day!
Ooh look at the pretty pattern on top of my cocktail!!
I also wanted to add that having a quick read through the cocktail menu I came across this monster of a cocktail $30 for a ‘Dry-hopped Chocolate Zombie’. How full on is that last line of the description ‘Only one will be served per customer per evening’. I will try this one eventually.
Friday nights cocktail. Well, because of our lousy weather I really wasn’t in much of a mood to go to buy supplies so I just checked out my cocktail recipe book and what I have on the shelf and taa daa Strawberry Margarita! I much prefer to use real strawberries & lime juice (come Summer time I will make my real version) but decided to follow the recipe I have & yeah…this baby isn’t really rockin’ my boat.
Ok, it’s nice and it packs a punch and two or 3 of these bad boys and you will be very light headed but it’s just doesn’t have that…thing. I don’t know, hard to explain but I much prefer fresh strawberries than strawberry liqueur.
Crushed Ice (I just used ice cubes and blended the whole lot together)
30ml Strawberry liqueur
30ml Lime cordial (I use Bickfords Lime Cordial)
30ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed!)
Frost the rim of the martini glass with salt (just run a cut lemon around the edge of the glass then dip that into salt, I put salt onto a saucer and then sit the martini glass upside down onto the salt and gently move it around so the salt sticks to the lemon juice).
Mix the ice, tequila, strawberry liqueur, Cointreau, lime cordial and lemon juice in a blender and mix together.
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with pretty things like a slice of lemon.
I get my cocktail recipes from this cheesy cocktail book. I bought it in the mid-late 1990s and it has come in handy quite a few times. I must see if there is a updated version of this cocktail book. In the meantime this is my recipe source and I will quote it when I use it.