MarTEAni no. 2
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, dash of lemon juice. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
I decided to use the leftover Early Grey gin to make a more a traditional martini than the original recipe. It worked really well! It wasn’t too tannin-y and the flavor of the tea and vermouth really worked well together.

MarTEAni no. 2

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, dash of lemon juice. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

I decided to use the leftover Early Grey gin to make a more a traditional martini than the original recipe. It worked really well! It wasn’t too tannin-y and the flavor of the tea and vermouth really worked well together.

Chocolate Crab Apple Bitters
Ingredients: 1 cup vodka, 3-4 crab apples, 2 juniper berries, about 1 oz chocolate. Infuse in an airtight jar for about 2 weeks, shaking every day. Then strain out the solids and steep in hot water. Let water cool, then strain out solids again and add the water to the bitters.
So I set out to make my own bitters, and I really wanted to use stuff from my yard (hence the crab apples and juniper berries). I honestly had NO IDEA what I was doing or how this would turn out.
The bitters actually turned out pretty good, until I decided to add sugar to the water mixture. Then all of sudden it looked and smelled disgusting. So I don’t recommend doing that.
I also used them in a cocktail and they tasted okay, but a little odd. Not the most successful experiment, but it turned out better than I thought it would.

Chocolate Crab Apple Bitters

Ingredients: 1 cup vodka, 3-4 crab apples, 2 juniper berries, about 1 oz chocolate. Infuse in an airtight jar for about 2 weeks, shaking every day. Then strain out the solids and steep in hot water. Let water cool, then strain out solids again and add the water to the bitters.

So I set out to make my own bitters, and I really wanted to use stuff from my yard (hence the crab apples and juniper berries). I honestly had NO IDEA what I was doing or how this would turn out.

The bitters actually turned out pretty good, until I decided to add sugar to the water mixture. Then all of sudden it looked and smelled disgusting. So I don’t recommend doing that.

I also used them in a cocktail and they tasted okay, but a little odd. Not the most successful experiment, but it turned out better than I thought it would.

Earl Grey marTEAni
Ingredients: 2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin (recipe below), 1 oz simple syrup, 3/4 oz lemon juice. If you want to make your life more difficult, you can also add one egg white. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass rimmed with sugar.
Source: Adapted from NYMag.com
A marTEAni, get it? Get it? I know. I don’t come up with these names, I just report them.
This “marteani” is actually closer to a daiquiri than a martini, but it tastes AWESOME! You guys should definitely try it, especially if you’re an Earl Grey fan. The Earl Grey gin infusion is one of the easiest and fastest infusions I’ve ever made: just combine one Earl Grey tea bag with one cup gin in a bottle, shake, and let sit for two hours. Done. I never would have thought Earl Grey and gin would go together, but they do; and it really does smell and taste just like a cup of Earl Grey when you’re done.
I usually err on the side of tart when making cocktails, but in this case you need the sugar to balance out the tanins in the tea. The sugared rim definitely helps.

Earl Grey marTEAni

Ingredients: 2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin (recipe below), 1 oz simple syrup, 3/4 oz lemon juice. If you want to make your life more difficult, you can also add one egg white. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass rimmed with sugar.

Source: Adapted from NYMag.com

A marTEAni, get it? Get it? I know. I don’t come up with these names, I just report them.

This “marteani” is actually closer to a daiquiri than a martini, but it tastes AWESOME! You guys should definitely try it, especially if you’re an Earl Grey fan. The Earl Grey gin infusion is one of the easiest and fastest infusions I’ve ever made: just combine one Earl Grey tea bag with one cup gin in a bottle, shake, and let sit for two hours. Done. I never would have thought Earl Grey and gin would go together, but they do; and it really does smell and taste just like a cup of Earl Grey when you’re done.

I usually err on the side of tart when making cocktails, but in this case you need the sugar to balance out the tanins in the tea. The sugared rim definitely helps.

Tomato martini
Ingredients: 2 oz tomato-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, a dash of dry vermouth. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: DIY Cocktails
This cocktail really does taste like tomatos. It’s kind of weird. When I first tried it I thought it tasted kind of good, but now I don’t know. Of course, the tomato gin might have gone off a bit in the bottle.

Tomato martini

Ingredients: 2 oz tomato-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, a dash of dry vermouth. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: DIY Cocktails

This cocktail really does taste like tomatos. It’s kind of weird. When I first tried it I thought it tasted kind of good, but now I don’t know. Of course, the tomato gin might have gone off a bit in the bottle.

Tomato gin
Ingredients: 1 part dry gin, 1 part tomato (not sure what this means, but I just did 1 cup gin and 1 tomato). Combine in an airtight container, shake, and let steep for 1-2 days. Strain into a bottle. Press gently on the tomato while straining.
Source: DIY Cocktails
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Why would I want tomato-infused gin?” Why would you want gin at all, really? I decided to try this because it sounded… interesting. Stay tuned for a cocktail you make with it!

Tomato gin

Ingredients: 1 part dry gin, 1 part tomato (not sure what this means, but I just did 1 cup gin and 1 tomato). Combine in an airtight container, shake, and let steep for 1-2 days. Strain into a bottle. Press gently on the tomato while straining.

Source: DIY Cocktails

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Why would I want tomato-infused gin?” Why would you want gin at all, really? I decided to try this because it sounded… interesting. Stay tuned for a cocktail you make with it!

Barbados
Ingredients: 2 oz chocolate-infused rum, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: DIY Cocktails
This is basically a chocolate martini—and actual chocolate martini, not one of those “martinis” that are actually closer to alexanders. I wasn’t sure how this would work out, but it was really really tasty. The chocolate taste was amazing! Definitely recommend.

Barbados

Ingredients: 2 oz chocolate-infused rum, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: DIY Cocktails

This is basically a chocolate martini—and actual chocolate martini, not one of those “martinis” that are actually closer to alexanders. I wasn’t sure how this would work out, but it was really really tasty. The chocolate taste was amazing! Definitely recommend.

Chocolate-infused rum
Ingredients: 1 part chocolate pieces (cocoa nibs are suggested; I used regular chocolate) to 2 parts rum (if you like coconut, use coconut rum). Shake and infuse in an airtight container for one day.
Source: DIY Cocktails
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this combination, but it turned out really well. I was shocked by how quickly the flavor of chocolate infused into the rum. Probably one of the most successful infusions I’ve made so far, and that’s saying a lot.
What do you make from this chocolatey liquor? Stay tuned!

Chocolate-infused rum

Ingredients: 1 part chocolate pieces (cocoa nibs are suggested; I used regular chocolate) to 2 parts rum (if you like coconut, use coconut rum). Shake and infuse in an airtight container for one day.

Source: DIY Cocktails

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this combination, but it turned out really well. I was shocked by how quickly the flavor of chocolate infused into the rum. Probably one of the most successful infusions I’ve made so far, and that’s saying a lot.

What do you make from this chocolatey liquor? Stay tuned!

Hunter’s cocktail 

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz whiskey, 1/2 oz cherry brandy. Build in a glass with ice.

Source: cocktails.about.com

This was surprisingly tasty! Kind of like a godfather or the like—a smooth dessert highball. Definitely worth trying.

Hunter’s cocktail

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz whiskey, 1/2 oz cherry brandy. Build in a glass with ice.

Source: cocktails.about.com

This was surprisingly tasty! Kind of like a godfather or the like—a smooth dessert highball. Definitely worth trying.

Huntress 

Ingredients: 1 oz bourbon (oops, I misread that and used brandy, oh well), 1 oz cherry brandy, 1 oz milk or cream, dash of triple-sec. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: cocktails.about.com

I’m always on the lookout for new cocktails. This one was okay. It would probably be good as desert cocktail for someone who doesn’t want a super-alcohol content in their drink. I liked the dash of triple-sec that was added.

Huntress

Ingredients: 1 oz bourbon (oops, I misread that and used brandy, oh well), 1 oz cherry brandy, 1 oz milk or cream, dash of triple-sec. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: cocktails.about.com

I’m always on the lookout for new cocktails. This one was okay. It would probably be good as desert cocktail for someone who doesn’t want a super-alcohol content in their drink. I liked the dash of triple-sec that was added.

Remember the Maine
Ingredients: Roll a splash of absinthe around the inside of a chilled glass. Stir 2 oz rye whiskey, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth, 1/4 oz cherry-infused brandy, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters with ice and strain into the glass.
Source: Bitters: A History
In 1898, “Remember the Maine” became a rallying cry of the Spanish-American War and a resulting cocktail. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this cocktail. It’s basically a Manhattan with absinthe, but isn’t as good as other absinthe cocktails I’ve tried.

Remember the Maine

Ingredients: Roll a splash of absinthe around the inside of a chilled glass. Stir 2 oz rye whiskey, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth, 1/4 oz cherry-infused brandy, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters with ice and strain into the glass.

Source: Bitters: A History

In 1898, “Remember the Maine” became a rallying cry of the Spanish-American War and a resulting cocktail. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this cocktail. It’s basically a Manhattan with absinthe, but isn’t as good as other absinthe cocktails I’ve tried.