Cocktails you’ve never heard of…because I made them up

When my work week is finally over, I like to have a fancy cocktail to celebrate. I get bored with the same old drinks on the menu like Cosmos, Dirty Martinis and Rum and Cokes so I tend to experiment with whatever is in my fridge to come up with something  that tastes deliciously different. Here are the winners thus far:

Pepperoncini Martini (spring/summer)
A spicy spin on the Dirty Martini, or a good alternative for those who love Greek food but hate olives.

1.5 oz. vodka or gin (I prefer vodka as it has less flavor to interfere)
1 tbsp. pepperoncini juice
1 pepperoncini
1 tsp. goat or feta cheese (optional)

Pour liquor and pepperoncini juice in a martini shaker with ice. Shake for at least a full minute. Slit pepperoncini just enough to fill with cheese. Place at bottom of martini glass and pour shaker contents over top. Sip lovingly and enjoy a tasty Greek snack at the end (or at the beginning, if you’re impatient and hungry like me). Another variation: add Kalamata olives to the bottom as well — Opa!

Apple Cider Tini (fall/winter)Fresh Apples II
My autumn favorite. I must admit I half stole this from a restaurant in Tampa’s “Harvest” drink, but mine uses brandy and Southern Comfort instead of rum and has way more garnishes for fun. Yum.

1 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
2 oz.  apple cider, or apple juice + dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
1 red apple slice
1/2 c. brown sugar
Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Shake liquors and cider in a martini shaker with ice for at least 1 minute. Place brown sugar on a medium plate, spread out. Rub Southern Comfort or brandy around the rim of a martini glass and dip in the brown sugar. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Garnish with apple slice on rim and a dash of cinnamon on top if desired. Enjoy in front of a crackling fire with a dog in your lap.

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About Chloe

I'm a writer, editor and constant student of living (and eating) better. I currently work as an HR communications specialist in downtown Minneapolis, MN, with my very non-writery husband and a gruff little Scottish Terrier named Ginny. View my professional portfolio at, or my linked in profile at

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