I remember it was not all that long ago that I published my posts religiously at 4am Mountain time; having finished them a day or two before. Now? I’m lucky to get my Friday Cocktail out by afternoon and this Chocolate Dessert Martini with Bailey’s Irish Cream is no exception. What the heck happened?
Well, let’s blame it not on being unorganized so much as just the opposite; I’m craving organization and organizing is time consuming. When I moved into this house 3 years ago I had definitely downsized a fair amount and tried to get rid of a lot of extraneous possessions. For the most part that’s working even though I will do the occasional purge of kitchen items. Working with brands that send me products can see my cabinets start to burst at the seams again and I’m determined to nip that in the bud quicker now and try to remain efficient.
So I’ve given away that third pressure cooker and have shared food and liquor with neighbors. Despite putting out the word that no one close to me should EVER buy booze; I still had a burgeoning problem…and in the last several weeks I decided to finally do something about it. This is the result!
What used to be stacks of cookbooks in the basement now find themselves organized on shelves. While I do have a liquor cabinet (well, a china hutch that holds glasses and booze!), it was nowhere near large enough to hold the enormous amount of liquor I receive from brands wanting me to feature their products. I give it away and have others over for cocktails but some weeks I get five bottles and I just cannot keep up. They were simply lined up against one wall of my basement and it was a total pain finding anything.
No more! These two shelving units are in my office and hold the basics; all of my bourbon, rum, tequila, vodka and gin; along with a good size amount of my cookbooks. I have a third unit on the landing to the basement that is filled with almost every liqueur imaginable and more cookbooks. Having it all sorted and categorized in Excel? Priceless!
It’s been a long time coming and actually took weeks to accomplish; mostly because the shelves had to be put together and I started over the holidays. But I’m finally done and this week I’ve been immersed in finishing some final touches in my office. What a great feeling…but definitely this effort stole precious time from blogging so I’ve often been late for this very important date…i.e., Friday Cocktails. I’m not promising I’ll get a cocktail out every Friday at 4am again but having my ducks in a row will certainly help me achieve that goal.
This cocktail is easy to pull together but still simple and beautiful. When I call it a dessert cocktail; I mean it seriously. This isn’t an ounce of chocolate liqueur mixed with some vodka; this is more of a chocolate ganache mixed with Baileys and vodka. It’s rich and decadent and serves a variety of purposes. I did macerate the raspberries in a bit of raspberry liqueur but you don’t have to. I made some of my own liqueur recently and, well, you know…had to use it right?
Anyway…need a cocktail? Got you covered. Want to make a special Valentine dessert for your sweetie? That too. Both in one glass? Yep, the BEST part!
So whether celebrating with a loved one; with your best buddies or hey…even alone; treat yourself. You ARE worth it! Happy Valentine’s Day. XOXO