Welcome to Ep46, where we’ve officially dealt with 365 days of pandemic bullshit! In this episode, Melissa shared a very brief history of vodka in the United States, and Aimee talks about the history of potatoes. Kates shares a recipe from Betty Crocker’s box for some party potates.
The featured drink this episode is the Vodka Martini.
2 ½ oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
Garnish: Green olive or strip lemon zest removed with a peeler
Pour the vodka and vermouth into a mixing glass or cocktail shaker (preferably chilled) filled with ice. Stir vigorously, about 20 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with olive or lemon peel and serve.
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.
The All-American Dumpster Fire Punch is the featured cocktail in Episode 25 “Diners, Drive-Ins, and All-American Dumpster Fires” aka “Diners and American Politics”. This drink is a crowd-pleaser that can be altered to fit your specific guests’ tastes. Make a big batch and be sure to serve it in red solo cups. It’s the American way!
This recipe serves to, be sure to scale as appropriate. Be careful with this one. It will knock you on your ass and not even help with the medical bills (just like America)!
Ingredients: 4 oz. White Rum 4 oz. Vodka 2 oz. Blue Curacao 2 oz. Peach Schnapps 2 oz. Cranberry Juice 2 oz. Orange Juice Sprite to top (alternatively, use soda water/seltzer if you think this will be too sweet, it was for me and soda water made all the difference)
Directions: Combine all ingredients, except the bubbly, in a pitcher or punch bowl. Distribute evenly in red solo cups. Top with Sprite.
Move over Long Island, a new, highly alcoholic, iced tea is in town! The Alaskan Iced Tea is the featured cocktail in “Episode 23: Moose may not be viewed from an airplane” aka Alaskan Cuisine. We absolutely loved this cocktail. As I say on the show, I subbed out the sour mix (because EW) and added fresh lime and lemon juice. I also cut back on the blue curacao for my cocktail as I don’t like stuff that is too sweet. Aimee had the full sugar version and she loved it. Definitely recommend making this one!
Ingredients: 2 oz. Blue Curacao (use 1 oz. if drink is too sweet) 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice .5 oz. Gin .5 oz. Rum .5 oz. Vodka Sprite or any lemon-lime soda
Directions: Combine all ingredients except for the soda in a shake with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds. Strain into a large Collin’s or hurricane style glass over ice. Top with Sprite. Enjoy!
Hopefully by now you’ve listened to Episode 2 (listen on Google, iTunes, Spotify, or Pocket Casts), or at least read our recap of it. If you want to try our Ouzo Martini for yourself, try out Melissa’s recipe below!
Ouzo Martini Recipe
2 oz. Orange juice
2 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Ouzo
1 oz. Vodka
Juice of half a lime
In a martini shaker, combine all ingredients with 1/2 cup of ice. Shake and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime.