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Martini Grand Prix Finale {a cocktail competition}

Martini Granprix

As many of you may know, I am in Italy over the next couple of weeks at our home here on the Italian Riviera. Fall on the Riviera is a lovely: cool, windy, sunny, and sometimes cloudy.

Last week, I took a couple friends to a cocktail competition in Milano. It was supposed to be held at Expo, a giant world congress of food, but unfortunately the weather was not cooperative, and it was moved to a very very hip hotel called NHOW.

Martini Granprix

Four barmen from all over the EU were the finalists. Each barman was challenged with creating a Martini cocktail {Martini and Rossi} using products in the line.

Martini Granprix Italy-Walter Grosso

Martini Granprix France- Nicolas Lasjuiriallas

Martini Granprix England- Dominic Whisson

Martini Granprix Spain- Miguel Munoz

The venue was a buzz, and we had amazing seats thanks to my friends at Martini.

Martini Granprix

When the competition began, each finalist had 2 minutes to prepare their cocktail. They each told a brief description of their cocktail and then began.

Martini Granprix

It was super fun to watch, and after the demonstration, everyone was allowed to sample the cocktails. I of course had my favorite. I loved Dominic’s from England. After nibbles and drinks, the winner was announced, Italy won…he was cute; he cried, and we cheered.

Martini Granprix

It was a most enjoyable afternoon with the Martini team.

Martini Granprix

Thanks so much…more Italian adventures to come! Look for “house hunting” next week. Yes, I am still on the hunt for the perfect location for workshops, cooking classes, and more in Italy.

Photo Credit: me

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Better Mornings Atlanta “Love Italian Style” Recipes

photo 2 Wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow! I love this holiday. This week on Better Mornings Atlanta I had a lot of fun mixing up a few love potions with with some help from my friends at Martini.  You can look for the show to air Friday in the 9 o’clock hour weather permitting. Atlanta has been covered in ice for the past 24 hours as you may have heard, so if the weather is still a breaking story it may bump the segment.

A little back story about my love affair with Martini. As you probably remember I had the great pleasure of visiting with Martini at their factory near Turin this summer. The folks at Martini could not have been kinder or more hospitable. As you know aperitivo is my favorite part of the day. If you followed me on instagram last summer you remember endless posts of me drinking all over the Italian Riviera and St. Tropez. Pretty much always with a Negroni in hand and the occasional Americano.

Martini also offers great wines like Martini Prosecco and Martini Rose, and of course the classic flavors of Martini Rosso (red vermouth) and (white vermouth) Martini Bianco. These recipes will become a standard in your cocktail repertoire.

Enjoy some Martini with me and of course the one you love . Have a wonderful celebration. xx – A

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makes 1 serving

You will need:

– 1 oz. orange vodka
– 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
– 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon of simple syrup
– Martini Prosecco

Stir all the ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Strain into champagne coupe. Top with prosecco. Add edible flowers to garnish.

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makes 1 serving

You will need:

– 1 1/2 ounces Martini Rosso
– 1 1/2 ounces Campari
– 1 1/2 ounces Gin
– Orange Slice
– Maraschino Cherry

Pour into a glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice. This a typical Italian aperitivo, and one of my favorites! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I will also add a cherry garnish!

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That’s Amore

makes 1 serving

You will need:

– 1 1/2  ounces Martini Sparkling Rose
– 1 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
– Fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish

Pour pomegranate juice into a champagne flute, top with the sparkling Rose and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

A special thank you to my lovely daughter Alex for modeling for me.

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Food Friday {sort of} my new favorite cocktail {Italian style}!


This week I had the opportunity to visit the Martini factory, some of you know the brand as Martini and Rossi, in Europe and most of the world it’s simply known as Martini. The factory located outside Turin is beautiful, built upon the foundation of the original factory which was a mansion with a vast wine cellar that acted as the test lab as it were, for the formulation of the original vermouth recipe. As most of you know I am a big fan of cocktails and aperitivo, so the opportunity to sample all the products in this beautifully appointed environment was to say the least very inspiring. I had the great pleasure of tasting various cocktails with friends Wendy and Scott in tow. What a wonderful day spent with innovative and passionate people. One of the favorite summer drinks we tried was the Martini Royale Bianca! It’s a premixed cocktail or you can make it!

Martini Royale Bianca

  • 1/2 squeezed lime
  • 50%  Martini white vermouth
  • 50% Martini processco

    Serve with slice of lime and a sprig of mint. I know it’s hot here on the Italian Riviera and probably where you are too so… pour this over ice and enjoy! Ciao tutti…buon weekend xx



    watch a video of the recipe here!

    photos by my friend Wendy Lowden

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  • Brandon’s Scuppernong Martini


    Jim Llewellyn is the husband of my friend, photographer Deborah Llewellyn. Deborah is shooting my Rizzoli cookbook. Sometimes, he carries her bags on photo shoots, a part of the humility phase of his recovering attorney program. After Career ADD took him around the world, he now lives in Atlanta with Deborah, his 16-year-old granddaughter, three dogs and a cat.

    Brandon’s Scuppernong Martini was developed in honor of Brandon Branch, his many hidden talents and deep Southern roots. Brandon works with Paula Deen and seems to function as everything from Chief Operating
    Officer of the enterprise to gopher and everything in between, including but not limited to, creative, administrative, managerial, custodial, pastoral, psychological and physical endeavors; all with an incredible knack for getting things done when they need to be done. The drink was first sampled and approved by Brandon on February 27, 2009 at the Casual Guest Cottage, Greaseland, Wilmington Island, Savannah, GA. – Jim Llewelyn


    BRANDON’S SCUPPERNONG MARTINI

  • 3 oz. Paulk’s Pride White Muscadine Juice
  • 2 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz. Lime Juice

  • Shake hard and long in martini shaker. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
  • Keep Vodka, ice and martini glasses in freezer until just before needed.

    Here is where you can get the materials that you need:

    Kitchenware Outfitters, 5511 Abercorn Street,Savannah, GA 31405, (912) 356-1117

    Rösle, Zester with Canelle,  
    Riedel martini glasses
    Oxo Mini Angled Measuring Cup (2 oz.)

    Paulk Vineyards, 1786 Satilla Road, Wray, GA 31798, 877-583-2880,
    rapid delivery by UPS Paulk’s Pride, Muscadine Juice, 100% Natural, 25.5 Fl. Oz. (754 ML)

    photography by Deborah Llewellyn

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  • Martini Royale


    Meet Alessia Clusini. Alessia lives the reality of La Dolce Vita, being born in the Tuscan countryside. After visiting Australia for two years, she has now returned to Italy, running social media for a few large clients and cool hunting along the way. She knows what’s cool, and keeps an eye on sustainability and eco-friendly fashion from all over the world. Take it away, Alessia!

    In Italian, we say “anche l’occhio vuol la sua parte” which literally means “even the eye wants its part”. Something has to be also beautiful, not just good. This is why I like the Martini Royale. Maybe it’s the wine glass or the colour, it seems like it has a classy attitude.

    People in Sansepolcro, Tuscany, must have understood this and Matteo Tarducci, owner of Caffè delle Stanze, confirms that it’s becoming quite trendy…
    People here in Tuscany are so spoiled by one of the largest varieties of wine, it’s quite challenging for cocktails to become popular, but I think, belonging to this Medieval town, that we’re spoiled for beauty, too.
    Therefore, when you carry out your aperitivo ritual, you want to feast your eyes, together with your tastebuds…

    MARTINI ROYALE (Caffè delle Stanze, Sansepolcro)

    Ingredients:

  • ½ Martini Bianco
  • Lots of ice
  • ½ Prosecco
  • ¼ lime (juice)
  • slice of lime
  • fresh mint

    Take a tall wine glass. Fill the glass halfway with Martini Bianco. After adding A LOT of ice, fill the rest of the glass with Prosecco. Squeeze a ¼ of lime into the glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint, after whipping the mint against your hand.

    photography by Samuel Webster

    Thanks so much Alessia!
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