What started me down the road of the "Martini" theme were actually the cute little olives. I know, "cute olives?" But I had seen them on another project and thought they were awesome. These small wood eggs, cut in half, painted green and red, to create a faux olive, how creative is that! So, when it came time to create my own olive themed piece I had to go with the thing that is synonymous with green olives? Yep, Martini's.
So, I Googled Martini's (Love Google, she sings loudly!) and low and behold there were a bunch of great recipes, for all sorts of Martinis. Just in case you ever needed it, I enclosed a traditional Martini and strawberry one (just because I like strawberries). I've also included the link, just in case you wanted to try out more fun Martini recipes! http://www.martinirecipe.net/
Classic Martini Ingredients
Approx 2+ 1/2 oz Gin
Approx 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1 green olive OR a twist of lemon peel
6 ice cubes
Classic Martini Directions
Into a mixing glass, toss a handful of ice cubes (about half a dozen), then pour in the Gin and the Vermouth.
Stir well. Some may prefer shaken! Strain and pour into a martini glass. To finish, either drop a green olive into the bottom of the martini glass OR arrange a twist of lemon peel on the edge of the martini glass.
Strawberry Martini Ingredients
Approx 2 oz Vodka
Approx 1/4 oz frais de bois (optional)
Approx 1/4 oz sugar syrup, or to taste
5 strawberries (fresh is best)
8 ice cubes
Strawberry Martini Recipe Directions
In a cocktail shaker, crush 4 strawberries using a bar spoon or muddler. Add Vodka, frais de bois (optional) and sugar syrup. Add ice. Shake well. Pour and strain into a frosted martini glass. Garnish the rim of the martini glass with the remaining strawberry
Back to the wood olives. I wanted to use a lot of them, not just one in the glass, so I decided to create a sort of "clock face" with them (12, 3, 6, 9) I was going with the premise, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere!" Then between them I wanted to set different types of Martinis (which started me searching Google for different types). I went with the green and red color palette, (from the olives of course) and then funked it up, the dpb style!
Posted by Mary Mollica, Owner & Artist of The Decorative Paintbrush at 12:30 PM