Salted Caramel Martini

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One of my favorite takeaways of my birthday trip to Savannah, GA  (after the memories, of course) was a recipe for Salted Caramel Martinis.

It’s possible that I giggled… or perhaps whooped… while clutching the paper the bartender wrote it on in my hand as we drove out of town, too.  Her Salted Caramel Martini is that good.

Salted Caramel Martini. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

 

One of my favorite dinners was the night we ate at a restaurant called Alligator Soul.  It’s on Barnard Street down a flight of stairs.  I opened the door and immediately fell in love.

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Our meal was outstanding.  I talk about it in more depth here.  Our server was awesome.  There was little birthday treat on the table for me when we were seated.

The food was delicious.  After dinner, Todd chose a dessert and I followed the lead of the Yelp reviewers who all said the same thing – “order the Salted Caramel Martini.”

Salted Caramel Martini

Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka ~ Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur ~ Irishman Irish Cream ~ Caramel Sauce ~ Sea Salt, Caramel and Cocoa Rim $12

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Ok.  I can make that at home.  Right?

Juuuuust to make sure, Todd and I stopped back at Alligator Soul the next night and sat at the bar.   The server the first night wouldn’t give us the recipe but the bartender saw us carefully watching her and kindly wrote it down for us.  (Staff like that bring us back to restaurants, btw!)

So.  Back to making this at home… Well.  Not so fast.

Turns out that you can’t buy all liquor in all states.  North Carolina doesn’t sell Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka.  Or Irishman Irish Cream.

This sent off some panicked emails to family in other states.  “Hi, Doug (father-in-law in Colorado), can you check and see if Colorado sells Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka? No? $@#$%”.  “Hi, Stephen (of-age son living in Charlotte close to South Carolina), can you run to SC and see if you can pick up some Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka?  No? $@#$%”.

Yeah.  According to the recipe, I needed to buy Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka and Irishman Irish Cream while I was still in Georgia, it seemed.  (I guess we’ll have to go visit Savannah again sooner, rather than later!)

Stephen came through and was able to find Pinnacle Chocolate Vodka in SC and I got some Bailey’s Irish Cream here in NC.  He saved the day.

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Before you begin your Salted Caramel Martini you first need to mix equal parts of sugar, salt and cocoa powder to rim the glass.  I used a kitchen plate here but you can also get an inexpensive glass rimmer that will store a couple of different things to rim your glass with (salt, sugar, etc.)

Wet the edge of your glass with something that won’t affect the taste (meaning, don’t use lime or lemon juice).  Instead, use a bit of one of the liquors, some simple syrup or even just water.

Dip the glass in the sugar, salt and cocoa powder mix firmly, like you’re stamping an ink pad.  Don’t twist if you can help it, that sometimes does the opposite of what you want and makes it fall off.

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

This pretty glass, by the way, is a pattern called Maeve, by Waterford.  My grandma left them to me and every time I use them it make me think of her.  Back in my 20’s I used to sell china, crystal and silver for a tabletop company and I am absolutely obsessed with crystal and dishes and flatware and sterling serving pieces.  I love them all!

Caramel sauce is up next.  By the way, after I make caramel sauce I store it in one of these squeeze bottles for easy dispensing.

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Now squeeze some some Salted Caramel Sauce into the glass in whatever type of pattern that strikes you.  Homemade salted caramel sauce is actually quite easy to make and tastes so amazing that you’ll never go back to storebought.  Try this recipe here and tell me what you think! #dishanddelish

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

I love how the caramel puddles at the base because you get a taste of that yummy caramel when you finish the drink!

When we were on our last Carnival cruise on the Sunshine, I attending a mixology class in the Alchemy bar.  At the end of the class, we were given the opportunity to purchase the Alchemy Mixology Shaker Set.  Basically all the gadgets you need to expertly mix up cocktails.  It came with shaker glasses, cocktail strainer (to keep the ice out when you pour), jiggers (to measure the liquor), spoon/muddler, etc.  Here’s a similar set if you need one yourself.

Carnival Cruise's Alchemy Mixology Set. Everything you need to bartend at home! Dishanddelish.com

Scoop up a good amount of ice into the larger glass and follow one of the recipes below:

ie. in Georgia, pour over the ice:

2 oz Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka

1 oz Godiva White Chocolate liquor

1/2 oz Irishman Irish Cream

Here in North Carolina, I instead poured:

2 oz Pinnacle Chocolate Vodka

1 oz Godiva White Chocolate liquor

1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Shake the liquors well with the ice.

 

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Carefully strain the liquor into the glass so the ice doesn’t plop in and sprinkle a little cocoa powder on top.

Salted Caramel Martinis. Delicious, indulgent, perfect for the theme drink of the night. Dishanddelish.com

Voila!  Your Salted Caramel Martini is ready.  Cheers!

Did you make this recipe?  Snap a pic and hashtag it #dishanddelish. I’d love to see your creation!

 

Goodies used in the Salted Caramel Martini:

Waterford Maeve (wine glass)

3-Tier Glass Rimmer (if you want one where you can actually store the sugar, salt, etc. for next time)

Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles (for both storing and neatly squeezing out Salted Caramel Sauce)

Cocktail Shaker Set (similar idea to my set from the cruise… shaker glasses, cocktail strainer, jigger, etc.)

 

 

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Salted Caramel Martini
A delicious combination of chocolate vodka, white chocolate liquor, Irish cream and caramel.
salted caramel martini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
If Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka and Irishman Irish Cream is available in your state:
If Pinnacle Chocolate Vodka and Bailey's Irish Cream is available in your state:
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
If Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka and Irishman Irish Cream is available in your state:
If Pinnacle Chocolate Vodka and Bailey's Irish Cream is available in your state:
salted caramel martini
Instructions
  1. Mix together equal amounts of sugar, salt and cocoa powder.
  2. Place in rimming plate or regular plate. Be sure it is flat and wide enough so all edges of your glass can touch at the same time
  3. Wet the edge of the glass with some of one of the liquors, simple syrup or just water. Dip the glass in the sugar, salt and cocoa powder mix firmly, like you're stamping an ink pad.
  4. Squeeze caramel sauce into the base of the glass in any pattern you find attractive.
  5. Half fill your shaker glass with ice and pour in 2 oz chocolate vodka, 1 oz white chocolate liquor and 1/2 oz Irish cream. Shake well.
  6. Use your cocktail strainer to carefully strain liquor into glass, leaving ice behind. Sprinkle with a little cocoa powder.
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