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Sep262011

A Turtle-tini on the beach... Carpe diem!

 

Seize the day.  Last Friday, I had my day all planned out.  I was baking to fill some tart orders, had a meeting to attend and errands to run when I received a text from my friend, Diane, of the Turtle Club Restaurant (PR gal of their family business, The Vanderbilt Beach Resort where the Turtle Club is located) asking me to come down within the hour to photograph the Turtle-tini, their signature cocktail, for a piece to run in a national magazine. She had a noon deadline to make so I grabbed my camera and hopped in the car.  What an exciting turn of events for my typical Friday.  

The Turtle Club Restaurant is a absolute gem situated "smack dab" on the beach.  It's one of those few places that upon arrival, I feel as though I am on a distant tropical vacation (actually, some of the fellow diners probably are).  I adore going there in the evening and watching the most spectacular sunsets while sipping their refreshing cocktails and wines and dining on their superb food.  So you can understand why I dropped everything and ran to the beach to help a friend in need. (wink) 

Oh, and Diane is the great mind who thought up the man-tini that I wrote about here.  I think there is a pattern developing here, Diane-tini.  

 

 

When I arrived, the bartender whipped up two gorgeous brilliant pink Turtle-tinis, my models to be photographed.  I quickly got to work and arranged the photogenic cocktails on a beach front table for their close up.  As I was working, the sun was beating down and beads of sweat formed on my forehead, making the Turtle-tinis even more desirable with each moment.   At the end of the shoot, my friend, Diane, showed up and suggested we have a seat and enjoy the Turtle-tinis together, as it would be a great waste to toss them. (And you know how I hate waste!)  So there we sat mid-day at a beachfront table, sipping refreshing tropical cocktails, two friends chatting and enjoying an impromptu moment together... Carpe diem!  

 

The Turtle-tini

2 ounces Bacardi "O"

1/4 ounce Triple Sec

2 splashes pineapple juice

1 splash Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker, then chill on ice, strain and pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of fresh fruit.   Relax and enjoy!

 

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Reader Comments (12)

My answer to the Martini, the Pegu Club, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegu_Club_%28cocktail%29

09.28.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjmilum

Oh, those look like gorgeous cocktails and it sounds like a great restaurant! How fun!

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

A native Floridian I can totally relate to a good crafted cocktail in a tropical setting. We do quite a bit of cocktail shaking at our house, and this turtle-tini is beautiful.

Our favorite cocktail might be the basil lemon drop.

Cheers.
Velva

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVelva

that first photo is gorgeous!!! the colour and everything...just transported me to a tropical holiday resort by the beach (too bad not literally)! amazing and what a way to spend a 'typical' friday...haha :D
btw, love your previous whole wheat biscuit post...my kinda food :D it looks a bit like scones to me too...yummmy esp for weekend brekkie!

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVivienne

Now that's what I call an exciting Friday! Stunning photographs, an amazing looking cocktail and well done on the piece.

Oh how nice it would be if my day turned unexpectedly that way!
That is a beautiful color!
I made your whole wheat crust heirloom tomato tart the other day, it turned out great.

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterIlke

Wow Lisa, what a beautiful picture...and must taste delicious this cocktail...have to give this a try.
Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks for sharing this recipe :-)

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana

Gorgeous cocktail Lisa! Oh to be by the beach sipping cocktails right now!

As for my favourite cocktail, it's hard to narrow it down to one as I have 3 favourites and which one I choose depends on my mood, and the weather. Mojito's are my favourite summer cocktail and perfect for sipping by the beach. Kir Royale is another favourite as is French Martini. Hmmm I sound like an alcoholic....I'm just indecisive :D

I tried to leave a comment earlier after reading from my phone with no luck. The photos looked great there, and more spectacular on the laptop! Bravo for embracing the opportunity of the day to whisk off leaving your trailhorse list of unending stuff to do behind for another time. It will always be there waiting for us! I love the spirit of the day, the beautiful drinks, seeing the seaside colors in the background, thinking of you and your 'tini' friend celebrating at the end with this luscious cocktail. Oh, and on the favorite cocktail? No such thing. Like picking between your children; can't and shouldn't ever do it!

09.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoulder Locavore

Mmmhhh, delicious! Lovely clicks.

Cheers,

Rosa

09.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosa

That's a recipe for a perfect photo shoot! Wish we had more like that! Beautiful photo and delicious drink, who cold ask for anything more?

Sounds like I have a couple of new cocktails to try... thanks!!

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