Cocktail of the Week: Chocolate Martini

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa and his helpers deserve a little treat while they are busy putting presents under the tree. Even if you don’t celebrate, you might merit a little holiday cheer.

2oz Vodka
2oz Godiva (or your favorite) Chocolate Liqueur
2 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
1 Candy Cane

Unwrap the Candy Cane and place it in a plastic bag. Smash the candy with the back of a spoon or the wrench you are unsuccessfully using to assemble holiday gifts until the peppermint is in pieces the size of whoville or large grains of sand. Pour the Chocolate Syrup on to a small plate. Pour the crushed Peppermint Candy onto another small plate. Dredge the rim of a martini glass (or any other glass you can find in your holiday haste) in the chocolate syrup. Dredge the chocolate coated rim through the crushed peppermint. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour Vodka and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur over ice. Shake well and strain as you pour into your chocolate and peppermint rimmed glass. Leave the cocktail by the fireplace for Santa or sip and enjoy! Be sure to let the reindeer do the driving if you will be drinking on Christmas eve. Happy and safe holidays to all! Cheers!

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Cocktail of the Week: Pumpkin Martini

PumpkinMartiniSeems like there is always some pumpkin puree left over when making pies. Here’s a great recipe that will use up that leftover puree, in fact you may need to make some extra!

4oz Vodka
2oz Heavy Cream (you can substitute light cream or half and half)
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Nutmeg
(Makes 2)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Vodka, Cream, Pumpkin Puree, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into two chilled martini glasses. Sprinkle the tops with Ground Cinnamon and Ground Nutmeg. Also tasty served on the rocks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini

Spiced Cranberry MartiniCocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini
Get into the holiday spirit with this simple but spicy cranberry cocktail!

5oz Cranberry Juice
3oz Absolut Citron – or your favorite lemon flavored Vodka
1/2oz Ginger Syrup*
A Splash of Cointreau or another orange flavored liquor
Fresh Cranberries and Lemon Twists for garnish
Makes 2

Fill a shaker with ice, add Vodka, Ginger Syrup a splash of Cointreau and Cranberry Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into two chilled martini glass. Garnish with Fresh Cranberries and a Lemon Twist. Sip and enjoy!

*To make Ginger Syrup, put ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Strain syrup and discard Ginger (or save for another use). Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Ginger Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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