Wow, it’s been a hectic three weeks. Trips to St. Joseph, Houston, Atlanta and Houston again. A water heater broken, which meant a weekend of showering at friends’ houses and a patio re-paved, which meant a weekend of replanting flower beds. Just one of these stresses would call for some chocolate. Add them all together and that calls for a cocktail. Why not have the best of both — a chocolate cocktail?
With the taste of Cherry Mash still fresh in my mind I thought I’d give Chase Candy Company’s recipe for Chery Mash Martini a try. The original recipe calls for a garnish of a 1/4 mini Cherry Mash on a drink pick. Since the Cherry Mashes I brought home are long gone, I decided to skip the garnish and rim the glass with chocolate and crushed peanuts.
Cherry Mash Martini
Makes 1 martini
1 1/2 oz. Effen Black Cherry Vodka
3/4 oz. Disaronno Amaretto
3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao (dark)
1/4 oz. half and half
1/4 cup Chocolate fudge sauce
1/2 cup Cocktail peanuts
To Prepare Martini Glass
Using a food processor, coffee bean grinder or meat tenderizer mallet, crush 1/2 cups of peanuts into small pieces. If using a food processor or coffee bean grinder be careful not to over process or you will turn your peanuts into peanut butter. Spread crushed peanuts on a dinner plate in a large circle the same diameter of your martini glass.
Spread a thick layer of chocolate fudge sauce on a dinner plate in a thick circle the same diameter of your martini glass.
To prepare glasses first dip rim of martini glass in chocolate fudge sauce then dip martini glass in crushed peanuts.
To Mix Martini
Combine Effen Black Cherry Vodka, Disaronno Amaretto, Creme de Cacao and half and half in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into prepared martini glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.