Birthday Cake Martini

In honor of a dear friend’s birthday, I would like to share this decadent recipe for a lovely birthday cake martini.  What better way is there to feel like a kid again than to drink a cocktail with sprinkles on the rim, especially when those sprinkles fall into the drink and make whimsical, colorful swirls?

Birthday Cake Martini

3 ounces fluffed marshmallow vodka

1 ounce cream of coconut (be sure to stir well before using!)

2 ounces Amaretto

3 ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur


Sprinkles (nonpareils work well)

In a shaker, combine vodka, coconut, Amaretto and White Chocolate Liqueur. Add ice and shake. Use honey to rim the glass with sprinkles.  Cheers to birthday celebrations!




Wine & Food Pairing Tip: Tart Wine

I am a firm believer that everybody should eat and drink what tastes good to them.  That simple.  Every person has a different palate.  Every person finds different tastes pleasurable.  Find what makes your tastebuds sing and go with it! That being said, there are many wine and food pairing tips that work beautifully for the majority of the population.

When the wine is tart:

* Select dishes that are rich, creamy, high in fat or salty to counterbalance the wine.

* Match the wine with tart food (sharp ingredients, vinaigrettes and other sharp sauces.)

* Use the wine to cut the heat in mildly spicy dishes.

* Try skipping the lemon wedge that you might otherwise serve with the dish (with fish, chicken, veal, pork, vegetables and grains.)