The real trick is choosing liquor that doesn't give you a nasty liquor taste, but at the same time...you don't want it to be too sweet. I settled on Godiva Chocolate Liquor and Pinnacle Vodka's Marshmallow flavor.
The other trick is the presentation. I purchased plastic martini glasses at Party City. It was a picnic after all, I didn't want people breaking my good glass martini glasses. I first dipped the rim of the glass in chocolate syrup and then rimmed it with graham cracker crumbs. YUM!
The other aspect of the presentation was the garnish. For this I bought small bamboo skewers, also at Party City. On the skewer I placed 4 mini marshmallows which I then toasted over my gas stove burner. You have to be careful...they toast quickly! I wound up with a few charred marshmallow remains while attempting this. The great thing about the garnish is that you can toast them the day before to save time when whipping up the cocktail. Had I employed a bartender for this party, I would have made him toast the garnish as he made the drink. But then I also would have insisted he be muscularly chiseled and work shirtless in very tiny shorts! Hey, if I'm paying I get to choose!
|A flavor test without the fancy rimming on the glass.|
I created a few test versions leading up to the actual BBQ. Well, I didn't want to serve an inferior martini to my guests! Stop judging me!!! On the test above, I drizzled the glass with chocolate syrup. It looked really pretty, but the drink was so cold the syrup never incorporated into the drink. Hence, I decided to add it to the shaker in the end. What I settled on is the recipe below.
The S'more Martini
Rim a martini glass (8oz or larger) first in chocolate syrup, then in
graham cracker crumbs, set aside.
In a martini shaker with ice add the following:
2oz Godiva Chocolate Liquor
2oz Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
1oz Half & Half
1oz Chocolate Syrup
Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with a
skewer of toasted mini marshmallows. Drink and enjoy!
Here are pictures of the final version with all it's amazing rimmed goodness taken by those who were enjoying it.
|Photo Credit: Siobhan Connellan|
|Photo Credit: Josh Wiles|
The martini was a big hit at the party, even my mother tried a sip...and she never drinks booze! The downside was that there weren't a lot of left-overs for me to enjoy. Is that a good thing or a bad thing???