It’s cocktail time.
With Valentine’s Day just a week away, I thought I’d whip up another love-inspired cocktail. I figured that my Sweetie Martini from last year needed some company.
Lately, my brain has been overflowing with ideas. Recipes I want to try, mini-(and not so mini-) projects that I want to tackle around the house, and things I want to create. I love when I have these floods of creativity. Now, if I could only figure out how to stop time and just create.
Since that’s impossible, I’m doing my best to take good notes and use my time wisely.
Today’s Raspberry Cheesecake Martini is thanks in part to my flood of creativity. I was shoveling snow the other day and somehow got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and cocktails, which led me to visions of martinis and raspberries. Then I imagined a graham cracker crust – and you know where that lead.
I played around with a combination of spirits to create a creamy and luscious martini, something that actually tastes like cheesecake. I think I nailed the combination.
Adding in a layer of raspberry (a.k.a. Chambord Liqueur) really bought this whole creation together and made it oh-so-perfect for the upcoming holiday of love. I kept the Chambord separate so that it could gently swirl into the cocktail, creating a really beautiful affect.
Garnished with a fresh raspberry and graham cracker rim, you’ve got yourself a tasty dessert-inspired cocktail that’s perfect for sipping as you cuddle with your special someone.
2 ounces whipped vodka
1 ounce amaretto (Disaronno)
1 ounce Irish cream liqueur (Baileys)
2 ounces half and half
1 ounce raspberry liqueur (Chambord)
Honey, graham cracker crumbs, and raspberry for garnish
Begin with two shallow dishes or plates. To one, add a teaspoon of honey. To the other, add the graham cracker crumbs. Rim the edge of the martini glass first in the honey and then in the graham cracker crumbs. Add a raspberry to the glass and then pour in the raspberry liqueur. Set aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, amaretto, Irish cream, and half and half. Shake vigorously. Slowly strain into your prepared martini glass, letting the Chambord loosely swirl into the mixture.
Cheers, friends! Have a fabulous weekend.