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Peanut Butter Cup Martini Cocktails


I painted a few cocktail glasses with chocolate rims for my Drunk Russians and had a few chocolate painted glasses left over. I didn't want to waste them (they are so cool looking!) so I decided to do another drink recipe featuring chocolate. After my guests and I had finished our Drunk Russians I spied the Castries and a bag of peanut butter cups in my fridge and knew what our next cocktail was going to be.

This is a very unusual recipe for a Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail because it uses the Castries Peanut Rum Creme liqueur. Most recipes for a peanut butter cup cocktail use the more readily available Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur, but you just don't get that true peanut butter cup experience without the Castries.

Castries is made from St. Lucian rum, peanuts, cream, spices, and Madagascar vanilla. When you open the bottle that peanut essence rises up and hits you immediately, then as you taste it the spices, cream and vanilla mellow the peanut flavor out to an experience similar to a peanut mousse. It's nowhere near as cloying or sweet as expected and has a subtle depth of taste that starts with that peanut richness balanced nicely by the burn of the rum, the creaminess and a finish of mild spices. When you mix those flavor profiles with a chocolate liqueur you get a very rich, sophisticated cocktail take on a peanut butter cup.

The
PEANUT BUTTER CUP MARTINI 2

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Castries Peanut Rum Creme Liqueur
1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Melted Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder

Special Tools: Pastry brush.

DIRECTIONS:
Melt your dark chocolate in a double burner until smooth and creamy. Dip your pastry brush in the melted chocolate then paint the rim of your cocktail glass in broad strokes all the way around. Paint from the top of the rim down so you get a concentration of chocolate at the very top of the rim.
Immediately attach two or three of the mini peanut butter cups to the melted chocolate on the rim, holding the cup long enough so that it settles in place. If necessary you can heat the bottom of the peanut butter cups with a lighter for stronger adhesion.
Place your cocktail glasses in the refrigerator to set up the chocolate.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the Castries and Godiva liqueurs and shake until blended and chilled.
Pour into your chilled glasses, dust with a pinch of the cocoa powder and serve.

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