Black Forest Martini

I have a delicious cocktail recipe for you all, as it is Friday, but first...
Yesterday, I decided that I needed to escape the usual scenery of the cities and head up north to Duluth and Gooseberry Falls State park for the day.  I hate driving in the car for more than an hour mind you, but it was worth it.  The perfect day, the sun was shining, and hardly a cloud in the sky.  It was wonderful to see the beautiful sights in Gooseberry and just take in the beauty of nature God had created there. 



Afterwards, on the way back down towards Duluth, I stopped for dinner at Nokomis, and enjoyed a glass of wine outdoors next to Lake Superior.  Nothing beats wine and beautiful scenery.   I wish I had that kind of a view from my patio at home!

 

Although this has not been a stressful week for me, I still thought I would post a wonderful martini recipe I had recently made in case you did.  But, I believe just the fact that it is Friday alone calls for a martini whether you had the week off or worked your butt off.  The weekend is here! 

 

The "Black Forest Martini" was created because chocolate and cherries were sounding really good, and so was the flavor of the classic cake, but I didn't want cake.  So I made a drink with the same deliciousness factor.  A layer of chocolate fudge at the bottom and on the rim, topped off with vodka laced with cherries and a touch of sweetened coconut cream...it was heavenly!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Black Forest Martini
Makes 1

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

6 ice cubes
1/4 cup fresh organic cherry puree
4 oz  prairie organic vodka (or your favorite)
2 Tbsp vanilla syrup*

2 Tbsp full fat coconut milk from the top of the can, well chilled
a dash pure vanilla extract
a dash maple syrup

2 fresh organic cherries

Whisk together the cocoa powder and syrup until smooth and chocolate sauce consistency.  Place a little on a plate, and dip the rim of your martini glass in it coating it on the edge.  Turn glass right side up and spoon about 1 Tbsp chocolate sauce into the bottom of the glass.  Set aside.  In a martini shaker, combine the ice, cherry puree, vodka, and vanilla syrup.  Shake until well blended.  Pour the mixture over the chocolate sauce in the glass.  Whisk the coconut milk with the dash of vanilla and agave nectar until smooth and spoon a top the drink.  Garnish with a couple fresh cherries, and serve!

*To make vanilla syrup, combine 1/4 cup maple syrup with 1/4 cup filtered water in a small jar.  Add one vanilla bean, slit lengthwise, place the top on and shake.  Let sit for a few days to infuse.  Store in the fridge.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

30 Comments
    • July 15, 2012 at 01:52
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      I agree :)!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:53
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      No problem, I love a martini on a Friday :)!

  1. July 13, 2012 at 23:29
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    A beautiful cocktail and beautiful scenery. What a lovely way to begin my weekend!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:54
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      Thanks Monet :)! Hope you had a wonderful Saturday!

  2. July 13, 2012 at 23:31
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    Oooo Amy, this looks amazing and the ingredients too. Perfect timing for the weekend. I'm going to have to go shopping to get all the bits n' bobs in to make this. I'm weird with alcohol and only like a couple of spirits so shopping time for me!<br /><br />-Lisa.<br /><a href="http://www.sweet2eatbaking.com/" rel="nofollow">Sweet 2 Eat Baking</a>

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:55
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      Hope you like it should you make it Lisa :)! It is worth the shopping ;)!

  3. July 13, 2012 at 23:46
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    I don't drink cocktails very often but this might get me to start!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:55
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      Definately! It is like a dessert and cocktail in one :)!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:55
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      Thank you :)!

  4. July 14, 2012 at 00:34
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    Hey Ami, thanks for linking up to <a href="http://quickasianrecipes.com/2012/07/11/piquant-potluck-and-printrunner-giveaway/" rel="nofollow">Piquant Potluck Recipe Party :) </a>

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:56
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      No problem! I love to share :)!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:56
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      Thanks Lauren! I appriciate the buzz love :)!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:57
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      Thank you :)!

  5. July 14, 2012 at 15:31
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    This is a dessert with a bit of vodka, LOL. Where do you come up with these incredible recipes? This is an impressive drink. I am going to have to make this for my martini friends, usually we stick with a plain ole dirty martini.

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:58
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      Just a bit, I like my drinks boozy ;)! I come up with the ideas out of my crazy mind :)! Hope you and your friends enjoy it if you make it :)!

    • July 15, 2012 at 01:59
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      Like cake and drink in one :)! Thanks :)!

  6. July 15, 2012 at 05:25
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    Woosh! I must make a pitcher for girls this afternoon! What a delicious treat!

    • July 15, 2012 at 10:54
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      That sounds wonderful! I am sure they would love it ;)!

  7. July 15, 2012 at 18:52
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    What beautiful scenery. You're right that there is nothing better than beautiful scenery and a delicious glass of wine, but I have to say this martini would make a terrific drink for scenery watching too. Have a good week. :)

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:53
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      I would have loved to have enjoyed it in the outdoors!Thanks so much :)!

  8. July 15, 2012 at 19:54
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    Wow the color of your martini is spectacular!!! I know it tasted darn good, too :)

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:54
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      Thanks Liz :)!

  9. August 3, 2012 at 22:04
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    I am going to add this to my list of must haves for one day, I have to shop for a few ingredients. Is it bad that I only have the vodka?

    • August 4, 2012 at 01:45
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      Not bad at all ;)! Most people would have to shop for the ingredients, if you make it though, I am sure you will love it :)!

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