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Chambord French Martini – Cheers to 2014!

Chambord French Martini

Chambord French Martini

Let the Chambord French Martini be your signature drink this New Year’s Eve.  It’s a wonderful way to say goodbye to the good, bad, and in-between of 2013 and welcome the new hopes and dreams of 2014!

This recipe is for one drink:

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)
  • 2 oz Pineapple juice
  • Champagne Topper
  • Fresh Raspberry Garnish

Shake first three ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice.  Strain into a martini glass and pour a little Champagne on top.  Garnish with a few fresh raspberries on a long toothpick or float one or two in the glass.

Cheers to our Simple Celebration family and friends!

St. Pete Sunshine Martini

It’s cocktail time!  Our resident mixologist, Skip, was working his magic at the bar last night for a family dinner.   By eliminating the alcohol in this recipe, his expectant daughter was able to join in the fun too!

There are several steps to this recipe, but the refreshing taste is well worth the work for this unique libation.  A cocktail shaker and wooden muddler are needed and can be found at Amazon.com (see link below).

Chilled martini glasses are the best way to serve a St. Pete Sunshine.  Simply put ice water into the glass for a few minutes before use.

Chilling the glasses

Chilling the glasses

Per drink:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh pineapple cubes
  • 1 sprig Rosemary, stripped
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup*
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • Pineapple slices for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, add pineapple, Rosemary, lime juice and simple syrup.  Muddle (mash) until pineapple is mostly liquid.  Fill with ice, add both alcohols and shake.  Double strain using the cocktail shaker top and a small strainer.  Pour into chilled martini glass and garnish with a pineapple slice.

*Simple syrup – Boil equal parts of water and sugar until sugar has melted.  Cool before use.  This is a common cocktail ingredient – make a large batch and keep in the refrigerator for your next cocktail celebration.

St. Pete Sunshine Martini

St. Pete Sunshine Martini

Cocktail shaker:

http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Cocktail-Shaker-Set-Stainless/dp/B000796F1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377542870&sr=8-1&keywords=cocktail+shaker

Muddler:

http://www.amazon.com/Cork-Pops-Mojito-Muddler/dp/B0011EDLC8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1377543053&sr=8-6&keywords=wooden+muddler

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