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Night Owl Romance

June 2017

Sweet Treat Found in a Martini and a Good Book
June 19 – National Martini Day

I think there’s a National Day for everything which seems silly, but it can be fun when it’s something you enjoy. And I enjoy a good martini, whether it’s made with vodka or gin. I’m going to share three of my favorite martinis.
My appreciation for martinis came when we tried a new restaurant in our area, 
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood. Although I was a martini virgin, I knew I didn’t want a straight up Gin Martini, so I tried their Key Lime Martini (pictured). Oh, my! This martini is delicious. Sweet, smooth, and goes down nice and easy. They sugar the rim of the glass and finishing touch is a lime wedge. Porterhouse makes the best Key Lime Martini that I have tasted to date.

Key Lime Martini

When I’ve ordered this martini elsewhere, they made it with a cream liqueur and most of the other places rim the glass with finely crushed graham crackers. Yeah, nope. The crumbs are too dry and not sweet enough for my taste. As for the cream liqueur, it makes the martini taste different.
The Key Lime Martini is so delicious, I had to write it in my book, 
Up Close and Personal. The story is set in Minnesota where Porterhouse is located and on a cruise ship. I gave the heroine of the story my love and favoritism for the delicious drink.
I was unable to get the recipe from Porterhouse, but these are the ingredients: Vanilla vodka, Triple Sec, Pineapple juice, Lime juice.

My heroine in my latest release, 
Taming the Texas Beauty, likes to drink Cosmo’s and the other fru-fru drinks, as the hero calls them. I’d like to think of this next martini would be what a version of a dirty Cosmo might be like.
I was on Facebook one night and did one of those goofy things where you take your first name and the month you were born, or something like that, and it gave you a drink name. Mine was Dirty Sunset. Loving the name, I decided to experiment. I gave my Vodka Cranberry drink a twist. I added a good splash of orange juice and couple shakes of lime juice to the glass of vodka and cranberry juice. It’s now called a Dirty Sunset Martini. I’m not one for measuring my drinks. Therefore, I can’t give you a recipe. I’ve included a photo to give you an idea of what it looks like.

                                                                                           Dirty Sunset Martini

The final martini is one that discovered during the holidays. A friend shared it on Facebook with the recipe. I love eggnog and martinis so you can’t go wrong. The next day I purchased the necessary items to make the drink. I made the first one per directions and quickly learned I’m not a big fan of Amaretto.
Here’s the original recipe:
          3 oz Eggnog
          1 oz Vanilla Vodka
          ½ oz Amaretto
          Sprinkle Cinnamon on top
So not liking the strong Amaretto taste in the martini, I cut back on it and added more of the vodka and eggnog. I also eliminated the cinnamon topping and rimmed my glass with sugar. Oh, yeah, baby!
Here’s my version of the recipe:
           4 oz Eggnog
          1 ½ oz Vanilla Vodka
          ¼ - 1/3 oz Amaretto
I could see the heroine in my upcoming release, 
Beer Bun Beau, drinking these on cold winter night. The only wish I have is that they sold eggnog year round.

                                                                                                     Eggnog Martini

Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed my post. If you’d like to read a little history behind the martini click
HERE and HERE. I raise my glass in honor of National Martini Day! Are you going to join me? What kind of martini will you be drinking? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter, maybe I'll find a new martini to drink.