Chocolate…Kisses…Martinis

Last year, Bigelow Tea came out with two new teas special for Valentine’s Day.  Sweetheart Cinnamon™ and White Chocolate Kisses™ are as yummy as they sound.  But then, as their recipe developer, they gave me the task of turning these nice drinks just a little bit naughty (or as they say, “naughtea”–I know, groan all you want).  These two martinis were the result of one day in the test kitchen…and a few thirsty friends who served as my official un-official testers.  Everyone left a little happier than when they arrived. 
 
 Make these for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and you’re sure to get a chocolatey kiss.White Chocolate Kisses™ MarTEAni 

Serves 4 

Chocolate lovers and martini drinkers unite! This special cocktail is flavored with White Chocolate Kisses, one of Bigelow’s newest tea creations. Vanilla vodka gives it extra punch. 

4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka 

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. 

 

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill. 

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

 Kisses –n- Cream MarTEAni  

 This twist on the White Chocolate Kisses™ Mar-tea-ni uses a touch of cream to bring out even more chocolate flavor. 
Serves 4 

4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses™ tea bags 

1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar 

4 ounces vanilla vodka 

4 ounces whipping cream 

¼ cup cocoa powder (optional) 

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove. 

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill. 

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder. 

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with one ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. 

Click here for more information about Tracy’s Connecticut cooking classes, or to read her The Secret Ingredient Blog

Above photo from Bigelowtea.com 

 

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