The Baileys Irish Martini is extra thick, rich and creamy. This is a decadent variation of traditional espresso martinis. Be aware the Baileys version is rather sweet. If you prefer just a touch of creamy sweetness, dial back the Irish Cream and add more espresso. Irish whiskey is a nice touch to espresso cocktails in my opinion. I love the hint of smoky warmth it brings to the flavor.
This is an easy to make three ingredient cocktail. The mint sprig adds wonderful aroma to the drink as it is sipped, but it isn’t a deal breaker to leave it off if it isn’t available. This drink could also be shaken and poured over ice if you prefer.
Baileys Irish Martini Recipe
Baileys Irish Martini
3 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
1 ounce Espresso – cold
Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint sprig.
I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…
Moscato Monster Mash
I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago
And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato
A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in
With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim
I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed
Poured the bubbly and made a splash
The mixture glowed an eerie green
With floating flecks of black kiwi seed
I sipped, swished and gave it a taste
A shot like this I could not waste
It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet
The perfect Halloween party treat
So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.
It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.
Do the Moscato Monster Mash
Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered
1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante
Sugar Rim Garnish
Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.
Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.
Repurpose Your Drink
A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!
As I sorted through cocktail recipes in anticipation of Halloween, I came across one with a very promising name; the Black Martini. The Black Martini seemed easy enough with three ingredients. It also sounded tasty with black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. There was one slight problem in mixing the Black Martini. The Black Martini did not make a black drink. But it makes a brilliantly beautiful emerald green cocktail.
So the Black Martini slips on a Halloween costume and becomes the Emerald Dragon Cocktail. Don’t be fooled by the clever disguise. They are one and the same.
The Emerald Dragon is rather sweet and completely made up of alcohol. Be sure to shake this drink enough to ensure proper ice melt in the drink. I also sampled this recipe with splash of fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 1/4 ounce) to cut the sweetness factor a bit. A little more could also be added. The lime juice did not change the emerald green color at all.
This drink could also be served on the rocks with squeeze of lime, splash of club soda and served with lime twist garnish. The color makes this drink an excellent choice for Halloween, but also festive enough for Christmas parties and an alternative green drink for St. Patrick’s Day.
Emerald Dragon Cocktail Recipe
2 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to thoroughly blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
I used Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur while sampling this cocktail. Use brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but color could vary slightly due to variations in brand formulations.