No matter what your party affiliations are, who you voted for or what you think of the State of the Union and Politicos in today's world, we should always celebrate that we have the Right To Vote and choose our leaders!!!
So, wave your flags and rattle your cocktail shakers for
Love these creamy, gooey chocolate cherry cordial candies?
Yeah, me too and I figured out how to get that experience into a martini glass. Aren't I clever? Now you can enjoy this old time classic candy in an adult way as a cocktail.
The CHOCOLATE CHERRY CORDIAL MARTINI
1-1/2 Oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Half & Half
1 Oz. Creme de Cacao
Chocolate Cherry Cordial Candies Homemade Grenadine
TOOLS: Cocktail shaker.
GLASS: Cocktail (martini).
Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer while you mix your drink.
Add the vodkas, creme de cacao and half & half to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.
Drizzle a bit of the homemade Grenadine over the top of the cocktail
Slide the chocolate cherry cordial candy on the rim and serve.
There's nothing quite as warming on a cold day as a mug of Traditional Hot Buttered Rum! Here's both the traditional style and a few tweaks that are my own personal favorites when I need to take the chill off.
TRADITIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM RECIPE
1 Tsp. Unsalted Butter
2 Tsp. Brown Sugar
1/8 Tsp. Each of Allspice, Clove and Nutmeg
2 Oz. Dark Rum
4 Oz. Hot Water
Add the butter, the brown sugar and the spices to your mug then muddle them into a paste.
Pour in the rum, top off with the hot water and mix well.
Stir and serve up!
HOW DO I TWEAK THIS?
I replace the hot water with hot cider, add a pinch of sea salt and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon! I've also tried hot pear cider, plum juice and even a mixture of citrus in place of the hot water.
If you're serving this for a party, you can take this same recipe, multiply the ingredients by the number of people you want to serve (I double the number because most people will have two!) and put this all in a crock pot to keep warm for your cold weather happy hour!
I also often prepare the Hot Buttered Rum batter ahead of time because that way it's faster to make additional drinks later. To do this I simply multiply the butter, spices and brown sugar times twice the number of drinks I'm planning on serving. Why twice? Because it lasts several weeks if refrigerated AND this Hot Buttered Rum batter is great on toasted pound cake slices to serve with the drink! It's also perfect on pancakes and waffles.
Now, grab your rum, butter and spices and go warm up your soul!
Yes! That IS bacon as a garnish in my 2013 Bloody Martini - along with a whole cocktail pick full of garlic stuffed green olives!!! You can't start a New Year without some Bloodies, some Pig & a nice nibble of flavorful olives can you???