Day 5, 12 Drinks of Christmas! Nordies Gives Us the Video, I Give You the Brands!
I was busy writing about the After-Christmas Sales (and it was harder than it looks because I had almost zero information! I had to update at the last minute with fresh content!)
I was on ShopNordstrom.com and found they had a variety of videos for consumers– including one on how to make a Mint Mochatini!
While Nordies makes it so easy, they don’t help you with brands and proportions. That’s what I am here for – to give you brands and proportions. (If you haven’t gotten the ARCHITECTURE Of COCKTAILS book, head back a couple of days BEFORE Christmas and check out the books listed on that post! )
This video has many purposes:
1) to help you make a drink
2) to give you ideas for last minute gifts or things to bring to a get-together with friends or a party
3) help you to show off your budding bartender skills!
4) get some ideas to tweak cocktails you already know about and how to get really creative with your own.
5) what you need to stock your bar!
The Mint Mochatini requires a couple of key things for you to get started:
Cocktail shaker (find it at any good liquor store, housewares department in a great department store or at a vintage housewares shop
You also need a few interesting cocktail or martini glasses. Not everything is in that triangular shape. Check out other shapes and sizes– just nothing to deep or full (or pour less into the glass) so that the person sipping doesn’t get blitzed in a hurry.
Nordstrom’s recipe is
2 oz of Vanilla Vodka
1 oz of coffee liquer
1 oz of dark chocolate liqueur
1 oz of half and half
Here’s my tweak on the recipe
Vodka– and you might have an array of brands but here’s one that you should try because it’s unusual and also user friendly
Fabulous array of flavors– lots of options and fun flavors.
For this cocktail, you need
Vanilla Vodka ( both vodkas from Sobieski) *pps You need BOTH!
Irish Cream Liqueur (try Bailey’s in Mint Chocolate )
Adult Chocolate Milk (Trust me on this one. It’s fabulous!)
Now comes the fun part. To you it might be harder to figure out but for me, it’s more fun to figure out proportions. But for the newbies out there, I will make it very easy for you.
2 parts Sobieski Vanilla Vodka
1 part Sobieski Expresso Vodka
1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur in Mint Chocolate
1 part Adult Chocolate Milk in Dark Chocolate if you can find it OR take Milk Chocolate
Fresh mint or use mint or peppermint extract to taste.
These last three ingredients are based on your personal taste buds and how you mix and blend it.
Garnish: 1 candy cane chopped (or ground up) to sprinkle on top of the mixed cocktail
Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice and add all the ingredients except the garnish.
Shake really well (up and down for at least 1 minute)
Open up and strain into a martini glass or a hi-ball glass over ice
Garnish with chopped peppermint candies OR if you are really creative, use some chocolate sauce to create a wet rim on the glass and dip the glass upside down into crushed peppermint candy so that you have a pretty chocolate and peppermint rim.
Pour the drink into that glass.
Rewind and repeat until everyone has a cocktail!
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