Today I am 26 years old, but I don't feel a day over 18. Which is fine because I refuse to get old, and I never want to be boring. I decided that today I wanted to take a day for myself, and just relax, get a haircut, a massage, and bake myself a Birthday cake. After all, I have the whole weekend to celebrate with friends and family, since we all get a Birthday week right? Which is exactly why I took a week vacation from work. It is a good thing I didn't have any outdoor activities planned until the weekend, because today it was raining all day with hardly a dry moment. The perfect day to stay indoors and bake a cake however. I decided to bake myself birthday cake to enjoy with family and friends tomorrow, which will appear on my blog later, but I did have some Birthday treats today as well. While the cake was in the oven, I thought, why not make a Birthday martini.
I normally don't go for the overly sweet ones, but hey, it is my Birthday! I wanted it to be the essence of classic Birthday cake, sweet and lots of vanilla flavor with a hint of almond, since in my family my Mom and Grandma always put a little almond extract into vanilla sweets. I garnished it with colorful nonpareils, because who didn't love sprinkles on their Birthday cake as a kid?
It was delicious as well, sweet and fragrant with vanilla and almond, smooth from the addition of the creamy coconut milk remeniscent of vanilla frosting...it was heavenly! It was grown up, but had a playful element as well, sort of like me! Just because you are 26...50...or even 75, it doesn't mean you have to feel like you are!
Birthday Cake Martini
- 2 Tbsp nonpareils
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 4-6 large ice cubes
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- 2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
- 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- To make rim, spread nonpareils out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the agave syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the agave coated rim into the sugar and set aside.
- In a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, almond extract, vanilla bean syrup, and coconut milk, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended.
- Pour through a strainer into a chilled martini glass, and serve!
*Vanilla Bean Syrup:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- seeds of one vanilla bean
Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup