Let me introduce you to my December addiction: a Bourbon Ball Martini. Wow. Wow. Wow. I first spotted this on Kira’s blog. When the weekend rolled around I bought all the ingredients. The Boy and I were just relaxing late one night that weekend, sipping on these cocktails. Not long after, we heard a knock on our door. It was our neighbors popping up for a visit. We introduced them to the Bourbon Ball Martini, and they were equally smitten. We were all so taken with the drink, we drank them again the next night! I’ll just say, in the small span of 3 days, a bottle of Bulleit exactly like this had disappeared! Then, just a few nights later, when they left town for the holidays, I got a phone call from them asking for the recipe. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love these two?)

This cocktail is exactly the kind I like. I don’t want a drink that disguises the alcohol behind a bunch of sugary, fake fruity flavors, blended with ice. No sirree. The prominent flavor in this drink is most definitely bourbon. Maybe it’s because I’m natively a Kentuckian, or maybe it’s because my favorite tv show is Mad Men, but I’m increasingly loving bourbon and whiskey drinks. The hazelnut liqueur and creme de cacao and just the hint of sweetness. It really captures the strength and sweetness of a bourbon ball. The original recipe says to garnish with an actual bourbon ball, I just didn’t have any. Also, my martini is light in color, because the creme de cacao I bought was clear. I had the option of clear, or one with “artificial caramel coloring”. Anyways, I’m glad I finally got around to photographing it to share. Now, if only my neighbors would come back into town, so we could all partake together!


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Bourbon Ball Martini

from Cooking with Bourbon, as seen on Food all Puttanesca
serves 2

Ingredients:


3 oz. bourbon whiskey
3 oz. creme de cocao
2 oz. hazelnut liqueur (like Frangelico)

Directions:

Fill a shaker with cracked ice. Combine ingredients, shaking to chill. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two bourbon ball chocolates on a skewer.