Wishing you a

Very Merry Martin!

We work hard all year to bring our clients’ aquatic visions to life. We’re a naturally creative bunch, and that creativity goes beyond water. We’ve brought together a collection of our staff’s favorite recipes to share some of our unique team spirit with you.

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Think Inside the Box

Your Very Merry Martin gift box contains some key items you’ll need for our 4 featured recipes below. You’ll also find recipes from our team members sorted by category: Drinks, Sides, Mains, and Desserts.

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Featured Recipe

Old Fashioned

5 minutes  |  Serves 1

Rich, smooth, and silky, the Old Fashioned is a classic stirred cocktail, built and served in a lowball glass. Mix this delicious drink using the syrup and bourbon from your Very Merry Martin gift box.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 oz. Old Fashioned cocktail syrup containing spices, bitters, and orange
  • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
  • Ice
  • Lowball glass
  • Orange peel and/or maraschino cherries for garnish

How to Make It:

  • Add the syrup and bourbon to a lowball glass
  • Add the ice
  • Stir for 30-40 seconds
  • Garnish with orange peel and cherries


Drink Recipes From Our Team

Christmas Punch

Gin & Tonic


Hot Cocoa

Featured Recipe

Citrus Spice Grilled Corn

1 Hour  |  Serves 8

I truly believe that either of two things can make any recipe infinitely greater: cheese and my Traeger smoker—and this recipe has both. The sweetness of the corn plus the slight hint of sugar in the Citrus Spice combine with the smokiness of my grill and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese for a spectacular side dish bursting with flavors.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 8-12 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I prefer more than less)
  • 2 tablespoons Citrus Spice rub from your Very Merry Martin box
  • 8 ears fresh corn
  • 1 cup shaved Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

How to Make It:

  • Set smoker or grill temperature to 450° and preheat, with the lid closed for 15 minutes
  • Place butter, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well
  • Peel back the corn husks and remove the silk
  • Rub the corn with half of the garlic butter mixture
  • Sprinkle on the Citrus Spice rub generously
  • Close husks and place directly on the grill grate
  • Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally until corn is tender. I rotate them around every 5-8 minutes so that I cook at least all four sides
  • Remove corn from the grill, and peel and discard the husks. Husks will be super hot, so use gloves
  • Place the corn on a baking tray and drizzle with the remaining butter. Top with Parmesan
  • Broil the corn for 1-3 minutes on medium to get the cheese to melt. Don’t over broil
  • Top with more Parmesan and parsley and serve


Sides From Our Team

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Smokey Southern Deviled Eggs

Sweet Potato

Black Beans
over Rice


Pao de Quiejo

Buffalo Chicken

Featured Recipe

Smokey Southern Steak

1 Hour  |  Serves 2

Steak really shouldn’t be complicated. But, if you have the time and a smoker (I love my Traeger), then there’s a great method to getting a perfectly tender piece of meat. This recipe does take an hour, but it’s worth it, and it’s a great use of the Smokey Southern spice rub found in your Very Merry Martin holiday gift box.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 large New York strip steaks (the thicker the better)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Smokey Southern spice rub (from your Very Merry Martin box) to taste
  • Olive Oil

How to Make It:

  • Use a small amount of olive oil to season the steaks. Rub into the steaks covering both sides
  • Season the steaks liberally with the Smokey Southern and salt and set steaks aside while the grill preheats
  • When ready to cook, set smoker or grill temperature to 225°F and preheat, with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use your smoker’s “Super Smoke” method if available
  • Place the steaks directly on the grill grate and smoke for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the internal temperature reaches 105°F
  • Remove steaks from the grill and set aside to rest. Cover in Foil but don’t take inside
  • Increase the grill temperature to 450°F
  • Place the steaks directly on the grill grate and cook 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 120°F to 125 depending on your steak
  • Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before serving


Main Dishes From Our Team

Big German

Citrus Spice


Smokey Southern
Fried Chicken

Skillet Steak

Honey Glazed BBQ Chicken Wings

Cajun Christmas Jambalaya

Featured Recipe

Ice Cube Tray Truffles

10 minutes | Makes 13 Chocolates

This is a quick and fun treat that’s perfect for a party or just because!  You can fill the truffles with just about anything you like. Use the silicone ice cube mold from your Very Merry Martin box to make truffles that are just the right size.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 30 oz. bag of Ghirardelli Chocolae Melting Wafers (milk or dark chocolate)
  • Various fillings, such as fresh fruit, nuts, pretzels, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, or peanut butter
  • Silicone ice cube mold from your Very Merry Martin box
  • Microwave-safe bowls

How to Make It:

  • Empty bag of chocolate into a glass or silicone bowl
  • Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until chocolate is melted
  • Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each mold, maybe 1/4″ thick
  • Add your fillings. In these photos, we used fresh raspberries, peanuts, and marshmallows. Don’t add too much, or you won’t be able to cover it up!
  • Evenly distribute the remaining chocolate i­­nto each mold so that the fillings are completely covered
  • Chill for 20 minutes or until chocolate is fully solidified
  • Pop the chocolates out of the mold, pushing out from the bottom


Desserts From Our Team

Matcha Chocolate Bark

Bourbon Balls

Apple Tart

Dairy Free
Pumpkin Cookies

Cinnamon Buns

Thanks for Visiting!

We’re grateful for our partners, and as always, we look forward to working with you in the year ahead. From all of us at Martin Aquatic, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a joyful new year.

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