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RECIPE: Eggnog “Martini”


The Eggnog “Martini” in sunny Napa Valley.
Photo courtesy Boon Fly Café | Carneros Inn.

  Can you call any a cocktail poured into a Martini glass a Martini?

Of course not; otherwise you’d call a Cosmopolitan a Cranberry Lime Martini with triple sec substituting for vermouth.

The Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. The first recipe for a vodka Martini appears in 1951, but didn’t gain world notice until the publication of the second James Bond novel, Live and Let Die, in 1962 (Bond’s cocktail of choice was a vodka martini, “shaken not stirred”).

Here’s more Martini history.

Why a vodka Martini? Two good guesses are that a bartender made it for a customer who didn’t like gin; or that a vodka distributor created and promoted it to move more vodka—also a clear spirit but without the aromatic gin ingredients.

If you want to make a cocktail with rum, tequila or whiskey, call it something other than a Martini.

 

Even if they don’t know the rules, the folks at Boon Fly Café at the The Carneros Inn (in sunny Napa Valley) are pleasing customers with Eggnog “Martinis.”

All you need is eggnog, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and a Martini glass.

 

RECIPE: BOON FLY CAFE’S EGGNOG MARTINI

Ingredients For One Drink

  • 1 ounce of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 3 ounces eggnog
  • Garnish: Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon
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    Preparation

    1. SHAKE rum and eggnog with ice and strain into a Martini glass.

    2. GARNISH and serve.
     
    MORE CHRISTMAS MARTINI RECIPES

    Candy Cane Martini

    Cranberry Martini

    Ginger Martini

    Pomegranate Martini

     
    Captain Morgan, ready to pour rum into his eggnog. Image courtesy Diageo.
     
      




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