Green apple martini on St. Paddy’s day

Ireland 2009

Ireland 2009

Vodka dolls, St. Paddy’s day is here and you know what that means right? A lot of awful drinks being drunk just because they are green in colour. Dolls this craziness ends here; we still need to put our taste buds first. This year try a classic green apple martini to honor the Irish folk. I myself am half Irish, I have even been to Ireland to experience its beauty first hand and if there is one thing I know for sure, the Irish would prefer drinkers to enjoy themselves even if it means wearing green and drinking your favourite colourless cocktail.  For the best of both worlds, I recommend trying my green apple martini, just follow the directions below.

Green Apple Martini

1 1/2 ounces of vodka

1/2 of green apple sourz

1 ounce of freshly made lemon/lime mix.

Shake it up in a martini shaker, pour it into a frosted martini glass and garnish with a four leaf clover, if you are lucky enough to find one.

Caution Goose drinkers!

Vodka Dolls beware, Grey Goose vodka is as shameful as women who buy fake Louis Vuitton bags. The popularity of Grey Goose has this doll shaking her head wondering why others can’t tell how bad it is. Now don’t get me wrong, there are far worse vodkas on the market, but none pretend as hard as Mr. Goose to be a beautiful swan. Simply put, the price is high; the quality is low. There is no bang for your buck here and why should there be when trickery is your marketing strategy. I did not enjoy taste testing this vodka; I found Grey Goose to be slightly smoother than brands like Polar Ice and there wasn’t a strong burning sensation as it went down but the aftertaste is not pleasant. My second shot worked out a little better as I followed it up by biting into a juicy lemon. I also tried mixing an ounce with homemade barlime, which was the best of the three. I give this vodka 1 doll hair out of 5 and I am left with only one question: who should really be called the goose, the vodka or the suckers who buy it? 

Martini termonology

Martini Terms

When asked if you would like your martini ‘on the rocks’ it means would you like it with ice in the glass; rocks refers to ice. I always say no, a good martini should be chilled to perfection without ‘rocks’ in the glass. This leads us to our next term, when asked if you would like your martini ‘straight up’ it means, would you like it without ‘rocks’ in the glass.

The term ‘dry’ refers to the amount of dry vermouth in your martini. The more vermouth you want, the LESS ‘dry’ your martini. Most dolls get this backwards and think the ‘dryer’ the martini the more vermouth. Have you heard of a perfect martini? If you are asked if you want a ‘perfect martini’ the bartender will add equal parts dry vermouth and sweet vermouth. The other liquor that adds a great deal of flavor to your martini is a Scotch Whisky, such as Ballantine. If this appeals to you, ask your bartender to make you a ‘Burnt’ vodka martini.

We have all heard the famous James Bond line, ‘Shaken not Stirred’ these terms are pretty straight forward, would you like the bartender to shake the vodka with ice or gently stir it with a spoon.

‘Dirty’ means would you like a little bit of olive juice in your martini. ‘Twist or Zest’ means would you like a twirly piece of lemon skin in your martini.

Sugar rim is yummy for sweet or sour martinis, this is how to make it: take a plate, cover with sugar, wet the top of the martini glass with lime cordial and lightly spin the martini glass until the rim is nicely coded in sugar.

Vodka dolls, this is the time to be particular with your vodka choice. My top vodka choice for vodka martinis are Crystal Head, Ciroc, 42 Below and Belvedere. Also note that a vodka martini is usually made up of 3 ounces of vodka, which can be a lot for some dolls. If you aren’t quite up for all that excitement, order a single or a double. Any questions? Just post.

Vodka made from grapes?

Can you make vodka from grapes? If you are Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs you can! Ciroc vodka  is made from Mauzac Blanc grapes in France, but drunk internationally by vodka lovers and/or people who think P. Diddy is cool. I went out and bought a bottle of the Ultra Premium grape vodka and this doll was not disappointed.  If I was Barbie, this vodka would be my Ken. I absolutely love the look of the bottle; the blue stone on the front is very sheik. After spending a few hours in the freezer the bottle’s “sheikness” turns into sexiness as the condensation slides down the side of the bottle. Ciroc vodka has a distinct fruit, almost grapey flavour to it. It also gave me a lasting warm sensation, which is exactly what a $70 bottle of vodka should do. There is no reason to mix this vodka with anything other than a few cubes of ice and maybe a lemon twist. I rate this vodka 4 doll hairs out of 5. I think this vodka’s advertisements are pretty lame, especially compared to 42 Below.