After pouring my heart out about the life lessons I recently learned, a couple of you wrote to me about one of my more poignant epiphanies: that Godiva liqueur and vanilla vodka yield heaven in a martini glass. What kind of vodka, you wondered? And how much of each liquor should you add? Which underscored another very important point: If there’s one thing in which I’m an expert, it’s alcohol. In fact, I’m writing this as I drink one of my (in)famous chocolate martinis. And while other “mommy bloggers” share their delicious recipes for chicken cordon bleu and whatnot, I have decided to share MY delicious recipes… of the liquid variety (based on more than 15 years of intensive research!).
Let’s face it: mommies (and daddies) need to get their drink on, too, sometimes. Okay, a LOT of the time.
So I am officially kicking off a new weekly column: Candy’s TGIF Drink of the Week. I realize I’m a bit late in helping you celebrate TGIF today — blame Skye’s doctor’s appointment and an incident involving my car that I won’t mention so I don’t embarrass Mr. Candy (that totally involves him borrowing my almost brand-new Audi and running into a shopping cart and deeply scratching the ENTIRE passenger side and me furrowing my brow and clenching my fists and biting my tongue for the rest of the day, but again, my lips are sealed) — but Candy’s TGIF Chocolate Martini goes down smoothly any time, so it’s more of a TGIN (Thank God It’s Now) kind of drink, anyway.
CANDY’S TGIN CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (3 shots)
Smirnoff or Stoli Vanilla Vodka (1 shot if you want it to be really smooth or 1 and 1/2 shots if you’d like an extra “kick”)
Mix Godiva and vanilla vodka in cocktail shaker. Make shavings out of chocolate bar by using a potato peeler. Yes! A potato peeler.
Pour Godiva/vodka mixture into glass. Sprinkle shavings on top of delicious goodness. (And/or swirl chocolate syrup in glass and/or place Hershey’s Kiss in bottom of glass beforehand. Basically, the objective is to incorporate as much chocolate as possible).
Heaven in a martini glass.
A virtual toast to us parents! We deserve it.