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Forget the cosmo, this is my favorite new cocktail.  I asked my husband to make me something with St. Germain, a French elderflower liqueur and he outdid himself with this one.  The brand says the elderflower "imparts a crisp melange of flavors with hints of citrus and tropical fruits." I get the citrus, but think the other fruity flavors are more like orchard fruits, pear, apple, apricot, than tropical fruits. When shaken up with the vodka and fresh lime juice I think the drink has a fresh grapefruity quality.  Simple to make, just three ingredients, and a feast for the eyes garnished with lime.  For me they are cocktail perfection! Cheers! XO Martha

St. Germain Gimlet

2 parts vodka
1 part St. Germain
1/2 part fresh squeezed lime juice

Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into glass and garnish with lime peel or wedge.
 
 
The back roads are sometimes the best roads which are often full of hidden treasures. 

Niagara Falls: breath taking. Now hungry and disappointed by the unappealing tacky foodie joints (Casinos and American Food chains) we decided to venture off the main tourist drive in search of something a little unique and tasty!

While driving along the Niagara Parkway we noticed a sign, 'ICE WINE' which had us a little curious, however the sign below, 'Ice Wine Slurpees' was the true motivator for a pit stop...

Simple and tasty
From the Ice House Winery. ON Canada


Pantry Must haves
6-10 ice cubes
200mls Northern Ice Vidal Ice Wine


Mixing directions 
Mix in a Blender, gradually adding ice cubes to ice wine until frothy.
 
 
Another fabulous recipe from Kate's super-homemaker neighbor, Liz.
Liz's Punch                                                               
  1. 1 cup vodka                                                                    
  2. 1/2 cup Triple Sec                                                          
  3. 1 bottle Prosecco                                                           
  4. 1 cup Cranberry Juice Cocktail (more to taste and for color)
  5. Juice of 1 - 2 limes - or more for taste                         
  6. 1 bottle Club Soda                                               
  7. 1/2 cup orange juice - or more, to taste.                     
  8. Serve with ice and a lime slice
You can doctor this any old way.  Use lemons instead of lime, another liquor instead of triple sec, white rum instead of vodka, etc.
"I think the Prosecco and the club soda keep it light and refreshing."
 
 
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This is Marlo's Favorite drink from CO'M Vietnamese Grill in Dunwoody Village in GA and it looks amazing!

Parisian Summer:

2 oz. Absolut Citron
1/2 oz. honey
2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. St. Germaine syrup
1/2 oz. St. Germaine Liquor
Splash of Soda
4 lemon slices

This drink can be easily summed up as adult lemonade. It's perfectly balanced between tart and sweet. It's got me thinking of a warm summer night, all year round.


 
 
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This drink comes from CO'M a Vietnamese Grill in Dunwoody Village in GA.  It's one of Marlo's favorite haunts....and we can see why, with drinks like this!
CO'M Crusta:

1 oz. Bombay or Bombay Sapphire
1 oz. Domaine de Canton (French Ginger Cognac) 
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

This drink has a warm undertone and it is super refreshing. The ginger gets you as an aftertaste and it is wonderful.


 
 
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      If you hadn't noticed I (Martha) have an extensive kooky t-shirt collection.  The one pictured here is one of my favorites and it does ring true...guess that's why the big guy bought it for me!  I like chocolate and desserts, but when counting my calories I have to make choices and I will usually opt to have liquor as my dessert.  But sometimes you want to have your cake and eat it too...that's when the chocolate martini is the best of both worlds.

      I have two recipes in my repertoire.  One is creamy and almost milkshakey and the other is more of a true martini cocktail.  Which ever one you choose...enjoy becoming like a chocoholic for booze.                 

 XOXO Martha

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This is the Hershey Hotel's Recipe for a chocolate martini:


1 1/2 parts vanilla vodka
1 part creme de cacao (clear or dark)
chocolate kiss

Shake with ice and strain into a glass.  Serve with a hershey kiss at the bottom of the glass.

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This recipe comes from The Cultured Pearl sushi restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  It's desserty and creamy.


3 parts vanilla vodka
4 parts Godiva's Chocolate Liqueur
4 parts Godiva's Cappuccino Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into glass.  Serve by rimming the glass with cocoa powder, nesquick or crushed oreos.  Or swirl chocolate syrup in the glass before straining in the drink.

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Tools of the chocolate martini trade!