First things first. I know that some people are sticklers for convention and if a cocktail is called a martini it HAS to be one made with gin and vermouth. So calling this a martini is a sacrilege in their (Michael Ruhlman) eyes. I get that; I like tradition as much as the next guy. But I also know that calling something a vodkatini sounds silly and the deal breaker for me is this. I buy glasses that are called martini glasses. I put this beverage in those glasses. Hence I think it’s appropriate to call any beverage I serve in them a martini. Sometimes a girl has to say, ‘ The heck with convention!’
Every year I host an event in my back yard I call Girls Nite In that brings together a gaggle of girlfriends. This year is no exception and in two weeks we’ll be here in my back yard with an assortment of good eats and some cocktails I’ve got planned. I’ve known since the moment I made them that I would be serving the Limoncello Coolers I made a couple of weeks ago but I wanted another cocktail, something a bit richer and more of an after dinner/dessert drink. I’ve always loved a White Russian and have had many a late night sitting outside on the patio, listening to the pond gurgle, chatting with my daughter Lauren with that cocktail in hand. This cocktail has some similarity except that I’ve replaced the Kahlua with my artisan (fancy word for homemade) Scharffenberger Chocolate Liqueur and added a bit of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur. Is it a girly girl drink? Maybe but I’ve had guys down them with vigor too; the type of vigor that requires they hand over their keys to me type vigor.
The single hardest thing about making this cocktail is coating a fresh raspberry halfway with chocolate. I tried lots of different way; when I used my fingers I ended up smooshing the berries. Trying to dip the skewer that I put them on was a mess…the weight of the chocolate had them sliding off into my bowl of chocolate. To the rescue was my handy dandy kitchen tweezers. Imagine normal tweezers on steroids. Perfect. I can’t wait to make these for friends…you know who you are!
Join me every Friday for Friday Cocktail Hour when I’ll make a cocktail I love, recreate one from a local establishment or maybe just have some fun experimenting!