I vaguely remember being twenty-one. It was only, you know, a zillion years ago. I remember going out to bars and restaurants and ordering drinks that sounded complicated. No cheap beers, no glasses of wine. I went for the caramel apple martini or the blackberry smash. Most of the time, it was because the picture was pretty or the name was cool. Oh, I knew nothing about drinking and ordering and going out. These days, I’ll have a beer. If I’m feeling extra adventurous, I’ll get a cocktail but it is usually something super simple.
At home, though, it is another story. That’s where the fun starts. I really believe it all relates back to me turning into my mother. The woman looks at a beer and is drunk. And while I’m not nearly that much of a light-weight, I definitely don’t think I can hold alcohol like I used to. I’m more of a “have one drink and fall asleep right after” kind of person these days. Falling asleep in public? Not ok. So I play at home where I can then walk over to the comfort of my own couch and fall asleep while watching trashy reality TV. Livin’ the dream here, people.
This little baby here, the coffee cream martini, was a fun experiment. I described it to my mom over the phone, explaining that you put coffee grounds around the rim of the glass. I couldn’t see her face but I’m pretty sure she cringed. You could hear it in her voice. But I promise you, the coffee rim is awesome. It’s a little bit bitter but then, the drink is a little bit sweet. It gives an excellent balance. And the drink itself? Well, it’s sweet and creamy and smooth. It hit the spot, for sure. Give it a whirl for yourself! Then, maybe fall asleep on the couch. Like me.
- 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 ½ ounces caramel Bailey’s
- 2 ounces milk or cream
- chocolate syrup
- Combine coffee and sugar on a plate. Using your finger, wet the rim of your martini glass then place the glass in the coffee mixture and turn it once or twice to coat it in coffee.
- Swirl some chocolate syrup into the glass, around the outside.
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, Bailey’s and milk. Shake until well mixed. Pour into the glass.