Earlier this year I made a new candy treat — chocolate nut clusters, a combo of nuts and a rich chocolate coating. Crunchy and flavorful, they were hugely popular! And provided some of the inspiration for this Chocolate Nut Martini.
The rest of the inspiration came from the Nutcracker ballet. My daughters performed in the production growing up, so I’ve seen it a million times. And I always wondered how many families had eccentric uncles, like in the show, who livened up their Christmas Eves. Hence the nickname, the Nutty Uncle.
Shake and strain into a martini glass
The recipe calls for Walnut liqueur which can be a challenge to find. After some searching, I got mine at Total Wine (not sponsored). If you can’t find it, you could use almond liqueur instead or add a little more Hazelnut.
My first version of this Chocolate Nut Martini turned out to be very sweet–even for a drink that’s supposed to be sweet. So I added a little cream… which totally fixed the problem. In the absence of cream, you could reduce the liqueurs to a half ounce each and add an ounce of vodka. Yes, after months of shopping avoidance, I am a master of substitution!
The holidays aren’t going to be the same this year, so I’m grabbing on to every bit of joy I can. And wishing you love and peace this holiday season.
Chocolate Nut Martini (Nutty Uncle)
- 1 ounce creme de cacao
- 1 ounce Hazelnut liqueur
- 1 ounce Walnut liqueur
- 1 ounce cream or half and half
- optional whipped cream and/or sprinkles for garnish
- Add all ingredients except garnishes to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake then strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with whipped cream and/or sprinkles if desired.
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