We had some friends over the other day and decided to make some martinis. Since my husband loves a good dirty martini we had plenty of olives, but sometimes a fun sweet martini really hits the spot. We had plenty of good vodka but seemed to lack any “fun” sweet martini flavorings. No problem! With some quick thinking, and a jar of Jolly Ranchers, we soon had plenty of green apple, raspberry, cherry, and watermelon martinis. We were able to easily make some simple syrup flavored with Jolly Ranchers, and then shake this up with some Vodka, Dry Vermouth and ice. The flavored syrup will last if kept in the fridge as well, so now I have plenty for next time also!
Simple Sweet Martini Flavoring
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
8 Jolly Rancher Candies (I use all the same flavor)
Simply place water, sugar, and candies in a small sauce pan and heat over medium flame. Stir constantly until candies melt completely. Cool mixture by submerging in an ice bath and then shake with vodka to make your favorite sweet martini! Garnish your martini with a Jolly Rancher, marciano cherry or fresh slice of fruit (lime, apple, orange…whatever fits your mood)
For our sour apple martinis we mixed equal parts of vodak and green apple flavored syrup, but depending on how strong and how sweet you want it, you can change up the ratios.
For one sour apple martini we used:
4 oz vodak
2 oz dry vermouth
4 oz sour apple syrup
Fill martini shaker with ice and then add the liquids. Shake well and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a Jolly Rancher, marciano cherry, or fresh slice of apple. Enjoy!
I decided to try to develop a new recipe for flourless chocolate cupcakes! Yum! This didn’t come out of any need for gluten-free cupcakes, but rather it was one of those things you think of, and then can’t stop thinking about how to make it great until you try. So I looked around and found some different recipes and ended up altering several into my own new recipe! I just finished baking them, and even before they were completely cooled I had to dive in and try one! They are awesome warm little brownie-like pieces of heaven. The richness is very intense and probably should be balanced with fresh whipped cream or decadent ice cream. I paired one of the flourless chocolate cupcakes with a scoop of mouth watering pumpkin ice cream, a truly heavenly combination! And my husband said it melted in his mouth! Please enjoy the recipe and let me know how you like it!!
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes (Yields 10-12 cupcakes)
1 bag (11 oz) Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs (beaten)
1 teas vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Either place cupcake papers into cupcake pan, or butter and dust with cocoa powder.
In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and mix in beaten eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Fill each cupcake 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for at least ten minutes before removing. Enjoy with fresh whipped cream or ice cream! Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container and quickly warmed up for 20-30 seconds in the microwave for warm heavenly chocolate delights!
This is my first blog entry so its more of a learning experience for me, but I hope to add to this blog often. I hope you will enjoy reading my entries and trying out some of my recipes as well! Check back often, and thanks for coming by!