How About A Martini?

The next time you throw a dinner party, why not skip the time-consuming appetizers and fancy entrees and just go for the desserts. Many fine drinks complement those sugary sweets. have you ever tried an Oatmeal Cookie Martini? or a Mulled Wine Lorraine? Here’s your chance to WOW your guests.

 

Oatmeal Cookie Martini: 1 serving

1 ounce Hot Cinnamon Liqueur

1/2 ounce Irish Creamoatmealcookiemartini

1/2 ounce coffee liqueur

1 ounce heavy cream

rolled oats for garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle or rolled oats.

Just a note when serving to your guests: in Italy it is customary for the cookies to be dipped into the drink!

 

Mulled Wine Lorraine: serves 8-10

1 1.5 liter bottle burgundy or pinot noir

1 cup packed brown sugar

zest of 1 lemon

zest of 1 orangemulledwine

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole star anise

2 cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

pinch of grated nutmeg

citrus slice or cinnamon stick for garnish

Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and discard solids. Serve in heatproof glass mugs, garnish as desired.

Just a note when serving to your guests: in Germany this beverage is paired with a sponge cake roll that has a sweet filling, typically a ganache, jam or butter cream, and icing.

Dessert-only parties need not send your guests into sugar shock. Be creative and you will be the talk of the town.

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