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Stir Up Some Fun This Season – Sweet & Spicy Martini or Maple Manhattan

*I was compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Just in time for the holidays! I have two great drink recipes to share with those of you whose idea of cooking is making fun cocktails.  I tried these delicious drinks while attending the Design Beats: Makers event hosted by WIRED and Marriott Hotels & Resorts at the Marriott San Francisco Union Square.  The event was part of the ongoing #Culturazzi series and I was one of the lucky attendees chosen to enjoy wine and cocktails with the Marriott team.

Shake and Serve Simplicity

These delicious recipes are a perfect addition to your holiday party cocktail menu or as a personal treat after a long day of holiday shopping.

Sweet & Spicy Martini

Kappa Pisco (1.5 oz.)St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (.5 oz.)
Mango puree (1.5 oz.)
One sprig fresh cilantro and one round slice of jalapeño pepper
Fresh lime juice
Shaken with ice
In martini glass
Garnish with slice of fresh jalapeñoI love the way the sweet and spicy ingredients mingle to create a whole new flavor. It’s the perfect complement to appetizers.
Maple Manhattan
Maple Crown Royal (2 oz.)
M&R Red Vermouth (.5 oz.)
Blood Orange Bitters (.5 oz.)
Shake with ice and serve in a martini glass
Garnish with a cinnamon stick as a finishing touchThe maple infused Crown Royal adds just enough sweetness to make it the perfect cocktail to enjoy with a rich chocolate dessert or just about any post dinner indulgence.

Divine Wines, Festive Times

Need some great wine choices for your upcoming holiday parties and festivities?  If you love wine like I do, you probably also enjoy discovering new vintages and adding them to your list of favorites.  I had an opportunity to try a host of delightful wines.Here’s a list of some of the vintages I enjoyed:

Chardonnay, Morgan “Metallico” Un-oaked, Monterey, 2011
Chardonnay, Orogeny, Russian River Valley, 2010
Red Blend, Cain Cuvee, Napa Valley, NV8 (non-vintage red)
Zinfandel, Ancient Peaks, Paso Robles, 2010

My favorite was the chardonnay, Morgan – simply delicious with subtle hints of tropical fruit.  And yes, I agree with Oliver Wendell Holmes “Wine is a food “ ツ just as some of you may think making cocktails is cooking.Please try these two recipes and let me know what you think.
Photography by Ann Tran
18 November 2012


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  1. Oh Yummy Ann, I think I’ll try this sweet and spicy but my favorite is Mia Tia’s LOL best Mia Tia is in Hawaii at Don Ho’s restaurant or any Hilton’s on any of the islands.

    Happy Holidays Ann to you and your family.


  2. I like a good cocktail now and then, and especially love mangoes. I would love to try the Sweet & Spicy Martini!

    • Ann says:

      Hi Joyce,

      I hope we get to meet up San Francisco soon! Perhaps we can swing by Marriott and we can try both the Sweet & Spicy Martini Or Maple Manhattan ツ


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