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Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini

I don’t really like dirty martinis. I know, we’ve already established that in this post, but don’t get me wrong, I like the idea and the initial taste. It’s just that the bit of olive juice that makes a martini dirty doesn’t mask the vodka very well for me and after I get to the halfway point, I start gagging. My dirty martini shots totally fix this problem, but still, they’re shots. What about a sipping martini?

That’s where tomato juice comes in. We’ve also already know that I’m obsessed with Bloody Mary cocktails. So, mixing tomato juice with a dirty martini should be genius right? I can’t take all the credit, I saw an instagrammed photo my friend D put up a couple months ago of a Bloody Mary martini and it looked a-mazing. So mixing that idea with a Dirty Martini, and a Hot & Dirty, you get my Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini.

The olive juice in this delicious cocktail is Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice. (Full disclosure, I received the olive juice courtesy of Dirty Sue. But, I would never put anything up here if I didn’t totally love it. If I receive something and I don’t like it, I’m not putting it up period.) Dirty Sue is totally awesome! As a former Coney Island carney, I love the pin-up girl on the bottle and the whole sailor motif. Plus, the olive juice is the perfect amount of olive and briny without all the salt and comes in a cute bottle for your bar to boot. I’m a sucka for anything cute and glam for my bar. Give me shiny and pretty and..The point is,it’s happy hour time (somewhere at least). Enjoy!

Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini
Makes One Martini

2 oz Vodka

1 1/2 oz Tomato Juice

1 oz Dirty Sue Olive Juice

1/2 oz Vermouth

Hot Sauce to taste

Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and get shakin’. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a couple skewered olives. If you want to get super fancy, you can first rim your glass very lightly with sea salt (just go around the rim with a lemon or lime and lightly dip into salt with a twisting motion.)

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Bloody Mary “Shooters”

I love Bloody Marys.

Love them with an intense burning passion, to be exact.

This wasn’t always the case. In my early twenties, I favored sweet mixers to the briny, spicy tomato juice mixture found in my now favorite drink. Luckily, it didn’t take me that long to realize that sweet drinks cause hangovers, and tomato juice is super nourishing. Quickly the Bloody Mary has become my go to drink at brunches, lunches and really anytime a bartender has tomato juice on hand.

These Bloody Mary “Shooters” aren’t actually intended to be shotgunned, but they are the right size if that’s your thing. Rather, these are intended to be served at a brunch alongside other small sized appetizers. I substitute the usual Worcestershire Sauce (which I’m not keen on) with a bevy of other delicious ingredients. The best part? The Old Bay rim.

Bloody Mary Shooters

Per two 2-2.5 oz shooters

1 oz Vodka

2 oz Tomato Juice

1 tsp Olive Juice

1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp Prepared Horseradish

1/4 tsp Hot Sauce

1/8 tsp Onion Powder

Lemon Wedge

Old Bay Seasoning

Pour a bit of old bay seasoning on a plate (you can mix in a little salt if you would like). Take your lemon wedge and pass it alongside the rim of your glass. Carefully dip the glass into the seasoning and with a twisting motion, coat the rim. I went a little heavy-handed on mine, you may want to do a lighter rim.

Mix all of your ingredients in a shaker with ice. Do your best Cocktail impression. Pour into your glass. Enjoy!

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Vintage Entertaining: Pineapple Cocktail Forks

These beautiful golden pineapples hold a surprise inside.

Can you guess what it is? Okay, fine, you don’t need to guess since the secret is in the title. These brass pineapples hold cocktail forks!

Shiny, golden, mid-century Hollywood Regency style pineapples for fancy entertaining. Can’t you just see a beautiful wine and cheese party going down with these? I know you can, you’re thinking about it right now, aren’t you? I know I was when I stumbled onto these on ebay.

If you are too, you can find these on either ebay or etsy. I found these beauties for between $12 and $15, including shipping, on ebay. There aren’t too many auctions, but they go up every now and then. Pair them with the Toledo Cocktail Swords I’ve mentioned before, and you’re ready to party.

Happy Ebaying.