In an effort to spice up my, and my fiancées, booze-related palate, we decided to do something than just drink bottles of bud light on the couch last night.
We decided to do a Martini night.
It was a great excuse to break out our new Target-brand Martini glasses, and also for her to get some actual use out of my bartending prowess.
She opted for a very stylish, lady-like Cosmopolitan (i.e. The Cosmo), and I chose a flavorful Expresso Martini (minus the actual expresso – it was late!)
Since they were both made with ingredients from our home bar – a clutter of half-full bottles atop our refrigerator – they aren’t exactly what you might get at an actual bar. They did taste good though, so I figured I would share the recipes in the off chance that any aspiring Don Drapers are reading.
Ladies first. The Cosmo I made is pretty traditional. I figure most home bars should have some brand of straight Vodka. Triple Sec isn’t as common, but still, its a often used mixer. So if you don’t have it, go get some. Same goes for the Cranberry Cocktail/Juice.
The Cosmopolitan (pictured left)
- Start by chilling a martini glass.
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice.
- Add 2 parts Vodka (or Citron Vodka, if thats your thing.)
- Add 1 part Triple Sec
- Add 2 parts Cranberry Juice/Cocktail (more or less depending on personal taste.)
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into the, now perfectly chilled, martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge or twist.
- Serve and Enjoy!
This is a pretty difficult drink to make from your average home or basement bar. It normally uses pretty distinct ingredients. So, the liquor, and liqueur, choices I made represent common options that people would have at home. So don’t complain if it isn’t what you’d get at your local bar!
The Expresso Martini (pictured right)
- Chill a martini glass.
- Fill your shaker halfway with ice.
- Add 1 part vanilla vodka
- Add 1 part Kahlua (or Copa D’Oro)
- Add 1 part Baileys
- Shake, shake, shake!
- Strain into your chilled martini glass
- Garnish with whipped cream (if you want…)
- Drink up!
So there are two fun options for a night in. All the liquors in these drinks are pretty commonly used, so they wont really go to waste – and for a home bar, thats the important thing.