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POUND CAKE MARTINI for National Pound Cake Day


March 4th is National Pound Cake Day. While this may not seem like a particularly momentous holiday it does give occasion for enjoying yet another martini - in this case, my Pound Cake Martini.

The
POUND CAKE
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 Oz Vanilla Vodka
1-1/2 Oz Pineapple Juice
Splash of Lemon-Lime Soda (7-Up, Sprite)

Rim: Melted White Chocolate Chips

Garnish: 1" Cube of Pound Cake, Maraschino Cherry

Tools: Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Cocktail or Coupe

DIRECTIONS
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler, the rim of the glass in the melted chips. Then chill glass in freezer.
I have the vodka and pineapple juice to cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
Pour into the chilled glass, garnish and serve.


A LITTLE HISTORY ON POUND CAKE

Traditionally pound cakes were made with apound each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. This made quite a bit of pound cake so people probably cut the measurements, but having an equal parts recipe was most likely an easy way to remember and pass down the recipe during a time when most people could not read.

Dating back to the early 1700s, the pound cake is a British creation, though there are variations on the basic recipe from countries the world over. After rising agents were invented in the 1800s, recipes for pound cake changed in order to create lighter versions and to create unique flavors and tastes.

Enjoy your Happy Hour and remember, neither this martini nor the cake itself are called pound cake because they pile on the pounds.

Updated March 2017

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

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