martini recipe



  • Vodka (Kettle One)
  • Crème de cacao (clear) (Hiram Walker)
  • Butterscotch schnapps (DeKuyper)
  • Dark chocolate salted caramel (Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, available online)
  • Powdered chocolate (Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate)
  • Fresh blueberries (organic; they’re part of the dirty dozen, you know!)

Combine in a shaker:

  • 2 shots vodka
  • ½ shot crème de cacao
  • ¼ shot butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 crushed blueberries

Instructions for serving:

  • Chill martini glass in freezer for three minutes.
  • Pour a small pile of powdered chocolate onto a plate.
  • Remove glass from freezer and wet the rim with vodka (you can use your (clean!) finger for this).
  • Dip wet rim into the chocolate powder and rotate until covered.
  • Turn the glass upright and place a salted caramel in the bottom.
  • Fill with martini mixture.

    This one is very sweet – you’ll want to enjoy it after appetizers or dinner. Trust me. Go with your gay on this one.

Serve and converse:

  • In your primary relationship, what ‘sweet’ things do you enjoy talking about?
  • What ‘dark’ topics do you avoid discussing because they are uncomfortable?
  • If you were given a ‘one healthy discussion for free’ card that allowed you to bring up a topic you’ve never discussed with your partner—and there’s no fear of reprisal (no angry or defensive comments, no hurt feelings, just healthy discussion)—what would you talk about?

  • Extra credit: What’s a fact about yourself or memory of some experience that you’ve never shared with anyone?

Note: Brand name products are author’s recommendations. Make substitutions as desired. As with all alcohol consumption, please drink responsibly.

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