I don’t like alcohol.
There, I said it. It’s alright, I can tolerate it, but if it suddenly disappeared off the planet I’d not miss it. A little like chocolate. And coffee. Ooh, who said you need politics and religion to be controversial?! 😉
However, sometimes I need to leave the house and be sociable and indulge in a glass or two – there are only certain times and places that it’s acceptable to drink tea and nobody wants to sit with their pint whilst I sip on a glass of milk! Designated driver duties work wonders but still, I can’t always use that excuse.
So when it comes to ‘preferred’ beverages over 0% ABV, I skip straight to the harder stuff – I’ve developed a liking for vodka, probably because I don’t think it has that much of a taste (and I can pretend I’m an international spy…), although I’d like to think I’m a little more discerning these days than liking bog-standard Smirnoff.
However, anyone who knows me realises that I do love cake – so joy of joys, when a drink tastes like a cake, I’m a happy bunny! Perhaps this is another reason why I opt for vodka: the beauty of the spirit being that you can infuse it with anything and it will pick up the flavours. Strawberries, Skittles, even bacon or pickles (?) can be used to create a distinct base for a cocktail.
Therefore, as tomorrow marks my… *cough* birthday, I thought I’d share some delicious cocktails, that imitate classic cakes and treats for this week’s Monday Munchies. Because, what says celebration more than cakes and cocktails? (Okay, okay, presents, balloons, flowers, fireworks, champagne, parties all work too!)
Shakers at the ready for CAKE. IN A GLASS!
The White Chocolate Martini
Yes, I know I said I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate (and I’m aware this isn’t a cake!) but I do quite like white chocolate. A classic drink is given a sweet, creamy twist with the inclusion of white chocolate liqueur. Yum!
- 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- 2 ounces cream
- White chocolate shavings for garnish.
The Key Lime Pi-tini
Vanilla vodka forms the base that combines with fruits and triple sec to make this vibrant martini imitating a well-loved dessert.
- 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec orange liqueur
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime cordial
- Crushed graham crackers (for the rim of glass).
A Cracking Creme Brulee
I love creme brulee – smashing through the surface (the more burned the better) to the vanilla-y, custardy gloop beneath! And now you can have the same experience in a glass, complete with a cracking caramel top!
- 2 parts Stoli Vanil Vodka
- 3/4 parts Port of Crème Anglaise
- 1 dash of Simple Syrup
- Hard caramel for garnish (see photo).
The Screaming… Banshee
I love the name. I love bananas (and a chocolate covered one makes it sound like a cake) and I could drink cream out the tub (shush). Combination win!
- 1 ounce banana liqueur
- 1/2 ounce white crème de cacao liqueur
- Milk or cream
All above recipes and images from aboutfood.com
The Black Forest Glass-eux
It’s so Eighties – eating a steak and having a BFG (no, not the Roald Dahl character) for dessert. But although I don’t like the darkest of chocolates, I can’t deny that it goes amazingly well with cherries and cream. So instead of a prawn cocktail, try this one instead!
- 30 ml creme de cacao
- 30 ml cherry liqueur
- 30 ml Kirschwasser® cherry brandy
- 30 ml cream