Seth and Jamal from the Thanks for Coming podcast joins us and are out of control. Melissa fills us in on the glamorous history of the chocolate martini and its Hollywood roots. Aimee covers a brief history of chocolate and its tie to Valentine’s Day. Kate tells us what the hell Nesselrode is and shares another recipe from Betty Crocker’s box.
The featured cocktail for Episode 44: Nesslerodes, take me home, is the chocolate martini. I said I would never do this drink. Listen to the episode to learn more about why. I include two recipes here. The first is the recipe I made for the recording, which I found way too sweet and pretty heavy, so the next time I made it I altered it a bit to lighten it app but also up the booze, which will also be included below.
Ingredients (original recipe): 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. Creme de Cacao 1 oz. Chocolate Cream Liqueur (like Godiva) .5 oz. Light Cream Chocolate syrup and grate chocolate for garnish
Ingredients (Melissa’s variation): 3/4 oz. Vanilla Vodka 3/4 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 oz. Chocolate Cream Liqueur Chocolate syrup and grate chocolate for garnish
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and serve straight up in a chilled coupe glass. Optional: swirl chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass and top with shredded chocolate.
Welcome to Ep43, where we talk about how Brexit is affecting food all over the world.
Nicki from the Nicki Needs an Adult podcast joins us! Melissa discovers your new favorite cocktail in a weird beer and champagne cocktail, Nicki fills us in on rotting soybeans, and Kate shares another recipe.
The Black Velvet cocktail is the featured cocktail of Ep.43: Saffron Toned. This is a real easy one for ya’ll. Both myself and Kate thought this cocktail was going to be disgusting, but it was really good! Trust us, and give it a try.
Equal Parts: Stout (Guinness is traditional) Sparkling White Wine (Champagne is traditional)
Combine champers and stout in a glass and enjoy!
There are two ways to make this drink. The first is just to mix the two together, as I did in the image above. The other is to layer the stout on top of the champagne. I could not get that to work. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. 😦
Welcome to Ep42, where we talk about this history of pizza. Melissa continues her journey into the world of Campari, Aimee gets real defensive about Lunchables, and Kate tells us about a truly disgusting pizza with an all-meat crust!
The featured cocktail for Episode 42: Betty Crocker’s Box, is the Negroni variation, the Cardinale. This is part of my pursuit of making myself like Campari. I have to say, this was my favorite Campari cocktail yet. I think it’s working!
1 oz. Gin 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. Dry Vermouth Orange peel for garnish
Stir the gin, Campari, and vermouth with ice in an Old-Fashioned glass, then garnish with an orange wedge/twist. Enjoy! Easy peasy!
Welcome to Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro).
Melissa fills us in with a brief history of the popular German holiday beverage, feuerzangenbowle. Aimee talks about the history of Italian New Years, and the feast of Saint Sylvester. Pigs on leashes may be involved. Kate shares another interesting recipe. This time, for lasagna.
Feuerzangenbowle is the featured cocktail for Ep41: Kate’s weird cookie anxiety (aka La Festa di San Silvestro). It is a German mulled wine often consumed during the holiday season and can be found at German Christmas markets. Feuerzangenbowle (pronounced FOY-yer-tsang-en-bowl-eh) translates to fire tongs punch. Want to know more, be sure to check out episode 41!
8 1⁄2 cups dry red wine
3 cinnamon sticks
1 dash ground ginger
1⁄2 lb sugar loaf (sugar cubes can work) *
2 cups brown rum (at least 54% alcohol/108 proof)
Wash the oranges and lemons thoroughly, pat dry and cut into slices or wedges.
In a large pot add red wine, oranges, lemons, cinnamon and cloves. Heat up slowly and do not let the mixture boil.
Remove the pot from heat and place it on a heating surface, stove or flame, that you can serve from (which you can place on the table, like the one you use for Fondue). Add ginger.
Place the sugar loaf above the red wine mixture (about 1 inch above the surface). You can use a special “fire tongs”, which is made for this purpose. You can also a kind of wire netting to place the sugar loaf on.
Soak the sugar loaf with rum and light up the alcohol. The sugar will melt and drip into the wine. Add rum (little by little) to keep the fire burning until the sugar loaf is used up.
After the sugar loaf is used up stir gently and serve. Add lemon or orange wedges as a garnish if desired.
NOTE on equipment: there is a special equipment used in Germany, especially the fire tongs. You can make your own. It is important that the sugar can drop into the wine and that the sugar loaf cannot fall down or that the hot (melted) sugar can drop outside the pot.
* You can make your own zuckerhut by packing damp sugar into the mold of your choice, but it’s a fiddly process that involves drying overnight.
Coquito, also known by some as “Puerto Rican Eggnog” is the featured drink for Episode 40: Medieval Lunchables. I chose a version without eggs, which seems to be hotly debated. It was absolutely delicious so I am at peace with my choices. 🙂
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
4 oz evaporated milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (1 15 oz can) cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½-2 cups Dark Rum (I used Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican. I saw recipes with both dark or white rum. I went with a gold rum to add more flavor and a bit of funk. Would not recommend a spiced rum. This can also easily be made virgin by omitting the rum altogether and adding some rum extract for that funk.)
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend on high until mixture is well combined, 1-2 minutes.
Strain if desired, and then transfer to a pitcher or glass bottles and chill for at least 4 hours, or until you are ready to serve. Shake or stir before serving.