It’s Friday! Time for cocktails! What’s your poison?
My poison is usually red wine. Or champagne. Preferably champagne. Cocktails? I don’t drink them too often, but when I do, my go-to is a vodka gimlet. I make mine with equal parts Tito’s vodka and Rose’s lime juice (I have no idea if that’s legit, but that’s how I like ’em). But every once in a while I like to experiment with something different, and today I got it into my head that I’d like to try my hand at some kind of chocolate martini. I had the afternoon off, so off to the liquor store I went . . .
I have a bottle of Frangelico in my liquor cabinet that I’m never going to finish (I needed it for a macaron recipe I recently made), so I thought I’d try to incorporate it into my chocolate martinis. I picked up some Godiva chocolate liqueur and Bailey’s With a Hint of Hazelnut (yes, that’s its full name), and what I came up with is what I call a Chocolate Hazelnut Martini. It’s easy, delicious, and best of all, more powerful than a locomotive.
Ingredients (makes two martinis)
- 2 ounces of vodka
- 2 ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur
- 2 ounces of Bailey’s With a Hint of Hazelnut
- 1 ounce of Frangelico
- 1 ounce of heavy cream
- Cocoa powder for garnish
- Coat the rims of two martini glasses with cocoa powder.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture.
- Strain into your prepared martini glasses and drink up.
Music Pairing: Frank Sinatra, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers
Naroc! (That’s Romanian for “Cheers!” Learned that from a dear friend. Hope to employ lots of different toasts on here from time to time!)
*Not so fun fact: The above quatrain was not, as Pinterest and Kate Spade would have us believe, written by Dorothy Parker, though it certainly sounds like something she’d conjure up.