My adventures in raw and vegan dessert and the occasional savory recipe creation!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
White Christmas Martini
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...hey, a girl can dream even though it has been 40 degrees in Minnesota, it is brown outside and there is no snow in the forecast in the next five days. It just doesn't seem right to not be going nordic skiing, for walks in the snow, and staring out at the glittery white beauty. I went for a walk after work today and saw a guy in shorts! Really?
Last year at this time we had plenty of fluffy white goodness outside and I was skiing at this point. Since I can't have my snow and I can't control the weather, I thought I would create my own "White Christmas" in the form of a delicious drink.
Eggnog sounded good, but I wanted a non-dairy version that didn't come from a carton. So I came up with my own twist on the classic made creamy with coconut milk, spiced with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg and scented with vanilla and almond.
It seems that people like different types of liquor in their eggnogs, but I decided to skip the rum and do a combination of cognac and bourbon which is what I have on hand. It was the best eggnog I have ever had (if you can really call it that, but it is my blog so I will)!
It was smooth and boozy but also contained light and beautiful flavors due to the vanilla and almond. I garnished it with some nonpareils because I could and I just couldn't resist! It tasted like Christmas, and a snowy White Christmas at that! If I hadn't looked out the window I could have sworn we had snow. If you are snow deprived as well, I have included the recipe if you wish to make a "White Christmas". If you have snow I am jealous, but you should still make yourself one. Cheers!
White Christmas Martini
2 Tbsp colored red and green nonpareils
1 Tbsp agave nectar
4-6 large ice cubes
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 oz bourbon
1 oz cognac
2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
a dash of cinnamon
nutmeg for sprinkling
To make rim, Spread sugar out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the agave syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the agave coated rim into the nonpareils and set aside. In a martini shaker add the ice, vanilla, almond extract, liquors, vanilla bean syrup, coconut milk, cinnamon and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, dust with a little nutmeg and serve!
*Vanilla Bean Syrup:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
seeds of one vanilla bean
Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup