Its Madtini O’Clock! Walnut-Chocolate Martini

Chcolate-Hazelnut MartiniWe was blissfully unaware that last week was chocolate week, so forgive us as we play some catch up this week. We found this drink on the Domestic Sluttery blog, and it sounded too good to not try. The name describes it all, it turned out to be a an almost perfect blend of chocolate and hazelnut tastes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Frangelico
  • 1 1/5 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Cocoa Powder

Preparation
Wet the rim of a martini glass and coat the rim by turning it upside down and rotating it in a shallow dish of cocoa powder. Set the glass in the freezer to chill. Combine the rest of the ingredients on a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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A campfire salute to a Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail

Toasted Marshmallow CocktailLast night I saw a tweet from someone drinking at the Bigfoot Lodge in Los Angeles. I did a quick search and made my way to their website – under drinks were fun sounding drinks like Girl Scout Cookie, Dudley Do-Right, Sasquatch, Smokey’s Moonshine and the Toasted Marshmallow.

I remember summer Sunday nights back in Nova Scotia when my extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins would gather at a place nicknamed the Ponderosa. The Ponderosa was simply a camp on a dirt road, but it was surrounded by fields and trails through the woods. At the center of the property was a campfire pit surrounded by benches where everyone would gather to sing Kumbaya, the Cat Came Back and other campfire favorites. We’d cut our own cooking sticks, then roast wieners as the main course and marshmallows as dessert.

The scars from burned lips and mouth roofs have long since healed but the taste of scalding hot fire-toasted marshmallow takes me back there even today. Now, I can’t say the drink tastes much like a toasted marshmallow, but it hardly matters when it tastes this good.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz frangelico
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz baileys irish cream
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 marshmallow
  • fire!

Preparation Combine the frangelico, vodka, baileys and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Toast a marshmallow, your method is up to you. A crackling campfire works the best, but a lighter works too.

I didn’t realize til this morning that the reason I was hearing crickets all night was I had left the Bigfoot Lodge web site open. It was just like the old days of sleeping out in the backyard. Cheers!

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C is for Cookies! Oh, and of course Cocktails!

Cookie Cocktails from The Martini DivaWho wants cookie dough?

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about our ‘new’ first favorite way to enjoy cookies, in cocktail form. We looked around and found that the authority on delivering cookie flavored cocktails has got to be The Martini Diva. Not only does she publish hundreds of great cocktail recipes, she also provides a 5×3  recipe card illustrated by The Martini Diva herself.

After some lively internal debate and an inventory of the Madtini Labs supply. We narrowed down our drinks to four, the Peanut Butter, Macaroon, Chocolate Chip and Oreo cookie cocktails. The key ingredient turns out to be Butterscotch Schnapps which provides the doughy background taste.

Check out the individual recipes at the links below.

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Cookie Cocktails… The Peanut Butter Cookie Martini

Peanut Butter Cookie MartiniPosted with permission from The Martini Diva

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Frangelico
  • 1 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 3/4 oz Vodka
  • 1/4 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Finely crushed Peanut Butter Cookie

Preparation
Dip the rim of the cocktail glass into a small amount of the schnapps poured onto a plate, then roll cocktail glass in the finely crushed cookie crumbs. Place the glass into the freezer to chill.

Add the frangelico, butterscotch schnapps, vodka and creme de cacao into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously until chilled, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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